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Languages and International Blog

Welcome to our Languages and International Blog. At Bridgewater, we have chosen Spanish as the language we teach, as it is widely spoken. This is taught to all children in years 3 to 6 by Mrs Hsu. We engage the children through playing games, singing songs and stories as well as developing their grasp of grammar and the written language. Please celebrate the children’s learning with us by commenting on the blog posts below. ¡Hasta luego!

We embrace international links and are working towards the ISA (International School Award). We have worked in partnership with Erasmus and many of the staff have enjoyed taking the opportunity to travel abroad to experience primary school practice in other countries. International links are interwoven throughout our curriculum. We hope you enjoy observing these on our blog.

Teaching and Learning: The Icelandic Perspective

Iceland allowed leaders to explore the education priorities of a different country. The attitudes and provision of the education system differs in many aspects. Sustainabilty is the second highest priority after Literacy and their days are often dictated by the seasonal change in daylight hours. Kindergartens share their outside areas with the local community and there is a wide range of pupil diversity; the children's backgrounds are all celebrated.

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Numbers Around the World

We have been learning all about different languages and focussing on number.  We have looked at different number systems and discovered some fascinating facts from around the world.  Children across the school have all had experience of counting in Spanish and playing games to practise.  In Nursery and Reception, we have had minibeast-themed counting as they have been learning about these creatures.  In Year 1, we have played a version of La Oca, a Spanish boardgame.  Year 2 have played Cuatro en Raya, a four-in-a-row game using dice to generate the numbers.  Years 3 and 4 have played matching pairs or snap while Year 5 have created their own calculations.  Year 6 have made boardgames with various languages. 

We have also been learning about languages which are spoken by the children and adults in the school.  Our children, some of whom are our Language Ambassadors, have been fantastic at sharing their language skills with their classes and interacted with them enthusiastically.  They have visited Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes and have helped us count in their languages.  We have found it really interesting to compare languages and find the similarities between them.  We have also had an opportunity to learn Swedish numbers from our recent ERASMUS visit.

We are counting in different languages during some of the international playground games this term!


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