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Welcome to our Modern Foreign Languages page!

The children in Poplar Class are currently doing a session of Italian Language every week, in the afternoon. In the Autumn Term, we will be learning about the Italian culture, we'll sing songs and learn a few greetings, how to say our name and the names of the main colours in Italian. 

We are very happy to say "Buon giorno" or "Buon pomeriggio" when the register is taken, we wish each other "Buon appetito" at lunch and we say "Arrivederci! A presto!" when we say good bye. We hope the children are taking these phrases home with them and teaching their families a variety of Italian words and phrases. 

In our "Singing in Languages" after school club, we sing songs in a multitude of languages: Italian, German, French, Spanish and Romanian. We make sure we understand what we are singing about and very often we learn words and phrases from those songs and use them in different contexts. 

Have a look at these clips, showcasing the extraordinary language skills of the children of St James School.

LKS2 met in a phase assembly today (4.10.2018) and shared their learning in different languages. We all said good morning in many languages we speak in our school and many others that Mrs G taught us and then shared what we learnt following the European Day of Languages celebration we had last week. Y4 taught us all the colours in French, then a few children taught us the 4 colours of our houses in their own language. Y3 also helped everyone say the colours of our houses in many different languages (French, Italian, German, Spanish, Turkish, Polish, Welsh, Romanian) and we sang a song in Italian that Poplar Class taught all of us, from the Italian session they do on a Friday (This is the link, if you want to give it a go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHvWW1hYHds ). We felt part of a multicultural, varied world that values everyone for their culture, language and traditions and our school, with its wonderful children from all around the world, reflects these values. We are now looking forward to seeing what the other classes will share in their assemblies.

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On Wednesday, the 26th September, St James celebrated the European Day of Languages and the many children in our school coming from other countries were in the limelight. We got together for an afternoon assembly to talk about diversity and multiculturalism. We were inspired by the many languages the children in our school are speaking (26 different languages, apart from English) and we challenged ourselves to change our language for a day and to learn from each other how to count in other languages, how to greet someone, colours or other vocabulary we were interested in. Yew Class challenged themselves to learn how to say Hello in 100 different languages. Y3 tried to learn the colours of our four houses in as many languages possible. Other classes learnt songs in different languages and we will all share our learning in the coming weeks. In such a globalised world, languages are a wonderful way to improve our communication with others and to expand our horizon. At the end of the day, our children were buzzing with enthusiasm, saying Hello and Goodbye in many languages and feeling proud of themselves for teaching others or for learning from others, happy to be part of such a multilingual and multicultural school.

On Wednesday, the 26th September, St James celebrated the European Day of Languages and the many children in our school coming from other countries were in the limelight. We got together for an afternoon assembly to talk about diversity and multiculturalism. We were inspired by the many languages the children in our school are speaking (26 different languages, apart from English) and we challenged ourselves to change our language for a day and to learn from each other how to count in other languages, how to greet someone, colours or other vocabulary we were interested in. Yew Class challenged themselves to learn how to say Hello in 100 different languages. Y3 tried to learn the colours of our four houses in as many languages possible. Other classes learnt songs in different languages and we will all share our learning in the coming weeks.   In such a globalised world, languages are a wonderful way to improve our communication with others and to expand our horizon. At the end of the day, our children were buzzing with enthusiasm, saying Hello and Goodbye in many languages and feeling proud of themselves for teaching others or for learning from others, happy to be part of such a multilingual and multicultural school. 1
On Wednesday, the 26th September, St James celebrated the European Day of Languages and the many children in our school coming from other countries were in the limelight. We got together for an afternoon assembly to talk about diversity and multiculturalism. We were inspired by the many languages the children in our school are speaking (26 different languages, apart from English) and we challenged ourselves to change our language for a day and to learn from each other how to count in other languages, how to greet someone, colours or other vocabulary we were interested in. Yew Class challenged themselves to learn how to say Hello in 100 different languages. Y3 tried to learn the colours of our four houses in as many languages possible. Other classes learnt songs in different languages and we will all share our learning in the coming weeks.   In such a globalised world, languages are a wonderful way to improve our communication with others and to expand our horizon. At the end of the day, our children were buzzing with enthusiasm, saying Hello and Goodbye in many languages and feeling proud of themselves for teaching others or for learning from others, happy to be part of such a multilingual and multicultural school. 2

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