By focusing on mastering the basics of foreign languages we are giving our pupils the foundation they need to succeed in the future.
While learning foreign languages is often seen as something for secondary school pupils we, and the other Paradigm primary schools, have a keen focus on teaching languages to children long before they get to Year 7.
Children at Culloden benefit immensely from being taught by a specialist language teacher, which is something very few other primary schools have. We have chosen to teach Spanish as it is the language which is studied at the majority of secondary schools in our area. By giving our pupils this strong foundation, they have a greater chance of succeeding with the language and achieving better grades.
When teaching Spanish we use examples not just from Spain but other Spanish speaking countries too, such as Argentina and Mexico. We are not just teaching a foreign language but also helping our pupils learn about different peoples and their cultures.
The ability to speak a modern foreign language and understand different cultures is more beneficial now than it has been for a generation. Recent events mean that as a nation we will be trading directly with more countries than before, and the ability to communicate effectively, and understand the culture, will be invaluable.
The demand for foreign language speakers isn’t restricted to the business and trade sectors either. Many organisations, such as the NHS and the police, require employees with linguistic skills, as do private companies in a range of industries.
And because bilingual and multilingual people are scarce in this country, wages for positions which require these skills are higher. A recent study by Preply found that people with Arabic as a second language can earn as much as 74% extra, compared to the average UK salary, with Mandarin increasing wages by 45%, and French by 34%.
While it is impossible to teach every language, studies have proven once someone has learned one foreign language, they can pick up further languages more quickly. Learning another foreign language also develops a range of transferable skills, such as communication and presentation abilities. It also builds understanding and appreciation of other cultures, which are really important qualities in today’s society, and when dealing with other nations.
By focusing on what works, we are ensuring our pupils are making great progress in foreign languages and will be able to take full advantage of the opportunities arising for foreign language speakers.
Parents, staff and pupils at Culloden Primary have teamed up with charity Sustrans this year to encourage more people to walk, scoot or cycle to and from school.
As well as practising our cycling and scooting skills, we have been thinking about how we can make the area around our school a safer, cleaner and friendlier place for everyone. This will be a short, stewarded road closure giving the children the chance to play together freely and safely.
We want to reassure you that this is not going to stop you from having car access to your house. The road closure points will be marshalled by parent, school staff or Sustrans volunteers. Through traffic and school run traffic will be diverted, but any residents wanting to enter or exit the street will be asked to drive in and out at walking speed, escorted by a volunteer steward.
The closure will take place on Wednesday 22nd September, 09.30 to 12.30. School will be open as usual. Pupils must arrive by 08:55 as normal. Pupils will be taken to the PlayStreet during school time.
Please see the poster below for more information about the road closures and how to volunteer. All enquiries and offers of help should be directed to James Wheale on Mobile: 07884 401 513 Email: James.Wheale@sustrans.org.uk.
Clubs running from September 2021:
|Monday||Art Club, Multi-Sports Club & Football Club (Y4 &Y5)|
|Tuesday||ICT Club, Drama Club (Y3-Y6) & Football Club (Y2 & Y3)|
|Wednesday||Art Club & Chess Club (Y4 & Y5)|
|Thursday||ICT Club, Athletic Club, Musical Theatre Club (Y3 – Y6)|
|Friday||Film Club, Karate Club (Y5 only), Football Club (Y6 only), Code Club (Y3 – Y6), Dance Club (Y3 – Y6) & Homework Club (Y1 – Y6)|
Sign ups letters will go out on Tuesday 7th September 2021. Deadline for sign ups Friday 10th September 2021 at 9am.
Our Pupils had the opportunity to learn the Violin and are delighted to share this performance: