On Wednesday a group of Year 5 pupils took part in a Gifted and Talented Linguists day at Kent College Pembury. We studied in French, German and Mandarin and had a great day.
First, we experienced drama in German, which none of the children had done before, but as they are resilient linguists they were able to work through the barriers and before long they were acting out a condensed version of Rumpelstilzchen!
After a snack of flapjacks and squash, we went to the chemistry lab where Dr Cowie taught the girls how to use Bunsen burners. Holding the whole lesson entirely in French, we set about discovering that different metals burn differently in the flame and then we carried out some forensic science and worked out what mysterious substances were, based on the colour of their flames.
We then had a fascinating Mandarin lesson. We learnt some amazing facts about China - there are 990 rooms in the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China is the same length as our coastline. Our final task was to master the use of chopsticks and carry out various tasks with popcorn and chopsticks without poking the corn or using two hands!
After a fantastic lunch, we took part in a very European sports afternoon, involving eggs, spoons and huge foam balls! It was a fascinating day and showed our pupils that learning a language is a really rewarding task and with resilience, courage, hard work and respect we can really surprise ourselves.