Upper Prep visits to Europa Centre in April 2018

I am delighted to announce an exciting enrichment opportunity. Following the success of last year’s visits, we are again running Upper Prep visits to the Europa Centre in Hornchurch, Essex. These visits will provide students with an invaluable opportunity to practise and enhance their French and Spanish language skills in an intensive and fun way with native speakers. 

The Europa Centre is unique as the UK’s only European Learning Village. Within the centre is an indoor ‘town’ with shops, a post office, café and, most importantly, native speakers who are the ‘townspeople’. On arrival, our students will be welcomed in the ‘arrival lounge’ where the visit’s activities are explained. The students then enter the ‘Spanish’ town where they interact with the native speaking shopkeepers, using their language skills to complete a mystery-solving challenge and a range of language activities, including a visit to the café.

Sancton Wood will have exclusive use of the venue giving our students plenty of opportunity to interact with native speakers and boost their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, tackling real-life scenarios in the foreign language in a tailor-made environment.

We look forward to reporting back to you in April with all our news from the visits!

Europa centre market stall

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French penpal news

We are delighted to announce that the penpal programme for Year 9 students studying French is now well underway. Our students were excited to receive an introductory letter from their penpal and discover common interests. Their replies, written in French to a very high standard, were sent off before Christmas and were received, I’ve been told, with great delight by the French students in Wavrin, northern France.

Next, both sides of the programme are working on filming a video tour of their school. In the meantime however, we are busy planning for a visit from our French penpals to Cambridge on Tuesday 5th June when all students will meet each other face to face for the first time. They will take part in outdoor games, share a picnic lunch and visit the Fitzwilliam Museum together. Further details about this exciting event will be given nearer the time, but for now the students can look forward to meeting in person the penpal they will be getting to know over the coming months.

Mrs Tall

European Day of Languages 2017

French EDL readingOn the 26th of September there was a special celebration called the European Day of Languages and it was extremely fun. If we spoke a different language we got a house point (paper flag token). I got five and was very happy. We all had a lovely day and we enjoyed our special European lunch. There was also a story written by Quentin Blake, read to us in French by Vladimir’s mother. We thought it was great, especially the fact that we got to keep it!

Finlay Searle, Kowhai Class

French Club

Coming soon…

Les Petits Frenchies

Les Petits Frenchies for Years 3, 4 and 5. With a focus on fun, practical communication that will inspire a love of French language and culture, this is an introduction to French for pupils who have little or basic knowledge.

Les Petits Frenchies for Years 6, 7 and 8. With a focus on fun, practical communication that will inspire a love of French language and culture, this club aims to enrich pupils’ knowledge and understanding of French language and culture whilst increasing their confidence in their language skills.

Look out for further details!

 

Spanish clubs

Coming soon…

A fun, relaxing time after school for you to chat with friends and do lots of different activities in Spanish.

Four clubs are planned to start in the Summer term, each with fun, communicative and engaging activities so pupils can practise and develop their skills as much as possible. All the sessions will work the different language skills, especially listening and speaking, plus there will be a main project that will be developed throughout the sessions.

Pre-Prep Spanish Club – Years 1 and 2 will support and reinforce the contents of the curriculum and give pupils increased pupils confidence, fluency and extra vocabulary. The activities will be fun, communicative and engaging so that pupils practise as much as possible. They will include songs, storytelling, role-playing as well as some arts and craft by the end of the project.

Prep School Spanish Club – Years 5 and 6 will support and reinforce the contents of the curriculum and give pupils increased pupils confidence, fluency and extra vocabulary. The activities will be fun, communicative and engaging so that pupils practise as much as possible. They will include songs, storytelling, role-playing as well as some arts and craft by the end of the project.

Upper Prep Spanish Club – Years 7 and 8 will support and reinforce the contents of the curriculum and give pupils increased pupils confidence, fluency and extra vocabulary. The activities will be fun, communicative and engaging so that pupils practise as much as possible and include role-playing, word games, short stories and comics.

Spanish Conversation Club will support and reinforce the contents of the curriculum and increase pupils’ confidence, fluency and vocabulary in Spanish. The sessions will focus on developing speaking skills within the topics that are studied as part of GCSE Spanish, plus there will be a main project that will be developed across the sessions.

The activities will be fun, communicative and engaging so that pupils practise as much as possible. These will include role-playing, quiz games, and debates.

Watch this space for further details about all forthcoming Spanish clubs…