Welcome to Trinity School's Primary Languages Page
As a Specialist Language College, Trinity School set up the Primary Languages Project in 2001 in an attempt to spread enthusiasm for foreign languages amongst the younger age group in the local community. Language teachers from Trinity go into a number of local primary schools to help their own teachers to introduce French, German, Spanish and Italian. The project has been really successful. Children enjoy their lessons and make good progress. A feature of the project has been to teach children through stories in the foreign language, both traditional and more modern tales.
Spanish Singing - Kingmoor Junior School
The year 6 classes from Kingmoor Junior School have been learning a very catchy Spanish song for the past few weeks. The song is about animals and the sounds they do. And here is the result where they sing and do some mimes for each one of the animals.
TRINITY TONGUE TWISTER CHALLENGE
The 26th September is the European Day of Languages and this year we set our primary partner schools the challenge of recording tongue-twisters in a range of languages. They rose to the challenge and here you can see and listen to some of the results in French, German, Spanish, Italian and even Norwegian! Tongue-twisters are a lot of fun, because even fluent speakers of the language can have difficulty with them, while other people who might struggle with grammar or spelling can say them with no problems. But, most importantly, what we noticed was that everyone who attempted this ended up with a huge grin. Try saying one yourself and see if you can keep a straight face!
PRIMARY LANGUAGES WORKSHOP 2008 - EUROPE'S GOT TALENT!
Following the success of our last two summer schools with the theme of the Eurovision Song Contest, we decided to change the format slightly this year and welcomed 24 children from a range of local primary schools to our two-day workshop on the theme of Europe's Got Talent! The workshop took place at the very start of the summer holidays and was an opportunity for any local children in Year 5 and Year 6 to come along and enjoy languages in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, whatever their previous experience of foreign languages might have been. Children were given the opportunity to improve their skills in two languages, either French and German or Spanish and Italian. Everybody learned how to introduce themselves in both languages and then took part in activities such as singing simple songs, reciting short poems and even telling very basic jokes in their chosen languages. On the second day they created hats to represent a European country and then practised the act that they were going to perform to the other participants. At lunchtime on both days the children were introduced to a selection of European foods which they were very enthusiastic about sampling! After that they played games such as French boules outside. The performances were great, especially considering how little time there had been to learn new language. We watched and listened to songs, puppet shows and even some jokes told by people who had only started to learn that languages the day before. Find out how much the children enjoyed it by looking at their pictures and reading some of their comments:
I thought that the languages workshop was 'prima!' because it was interesting and I learned a lot.
I thought that the languages workshop was 'muy bien!' because I didn't know any Spanish or Italian.
I thought that the languages workshop was 'fenomenal!' because it was interesting to try different languages.
I thought that the languages workshop was 'fenomenal!' because it was fun and the people around you were kind.
I thought that the languages workshop was really good because of the food and learning different languages.
I thought that the languages workshop was 'fenomenal!' because I love learning languages.
I thought that the languages workshop was 'fenomenal!' because you did lots of fun things.
I thought that the languages workshop was spectacular because doing different languages is fun.
European Award for Languages
In 2005 we were delighted to be awarded a European Award for Languages. This was awarded jointly to Trinity and Rockcliffe CE Primary School, one of our partner schools, for a German project entitled Märchen und Mehr! which in translation means 'Fairy tales and more!' Fairy tales that the children had worked on include stories written down by the Grimm brothers in their original language, German, such as Schneewittchen (Snow White), Rotkäppchen (Little Red Riding Hood), Der Froschkönig (The Frog Prince) and Die drei kleinen Schweinchen (The Three Little Pigs). Winners of the EAL are encouraged to expand their project into other schools, and children in many of our partner schools now enjoy working on a variety of stories in different languages, in addition to their other language work.
Local Support Group (LSG) for Early Language Learning
Since 2006 Trinity School has hosted the Carlisle and North East Cumbria Local Support Group for Early Language Learning. This is part of a network supported by the National Centre for Languages (CILT) and provides 5 free twilight support sessions a year for anyone involved in teaching or supporting languages to younger children in any educational sector.
These training, networking and information sessions are for all involved in teaching languages to young learners or those interested in starting to teach languages - nursery, foundation, KS1 & KS2 Class teachers, Learning Support assistants, Headteachers and Governors
OUR FAVOURITE FLAGS
In Kingmoor Junior School we have been doing some cross curricular learning about Geography. We learnt about the countries in Europe and looked at some of their flags all in the target language, Spanish. As an end of task activity, the students had to design their own flag and name their own country. It was great fun! Visit the Trinity MFL website page to view the flags.
Trinity Tongue-twister Challenge!
The European Day of Languages is held annually on 26th September. On this day all European countries celebrate the diversity of languages spoken around the world. This year, on 26th September 2010, we challenge all pupils, teachers, parents, support staff and governors in primary schools to take part in our tongue-twister challenge!
You can listen to some tongue-twisters here and try them out yourself. Usually the meaning is nonsense, but a guide to what you are saying is given above each one. If you want to try recording yourself saying a tongue-twister in any foreign language, just email it to Mrs Kent, Primary Languages Co-ordinator at email@example.com and we will add the best to this website! Please include the written text of what you are saying. Good luck!
ITALIAN TONGUE TWISTERS
Sopra la panca la capra canta
Tigre contro tigre
FRENCH TONGUE TWISTERS
Cinq chiens chassent six chats
Pauvre petit pêcheur, prend patience pour pouvoir prendre plusieurs petits poissons.
Trois petites truites cuites
Trois tortues trottaient sur un trottoir très étroit.
SPANISH TONGUE TWISTERS
El perro de San Roque no tiene rabo porque Ramón Ramírez se lo ha robado
Tres tristes tigres
El cielo está enladrillado,
¿quién lo desenladrillará?
El desenladrillador que lo desenladrille
Buen desenladrillador será
(The sky is covered in bricks who will take them off? the person in charge of bricks that manages to do it will have done a good job)
(slow version) (quick version)
Donde digo digo no digo digo, sino que digo Diego
(Where I say "I say", I'm not saying "I say" but "Diego")
El que poco coco come,
Poco coco compra
(The person who doesn’t eat a lot of coconuts doesn't buy a lot of coconuts )
Multimedia book Competition
We invited KS2 children in our partner primary schools to illustrate the traditional story The Three Little Pigs. There were lots of imaginative and very individual entries, but congratulations must go to our winners: Lucy Lee from Caldew Lea School, Katherine Hutchinson and Olivia Taylor, both from Stanwix School. Follow the link to see their pictures in a multimedia book and then read the story in English, French, Italian, German or Spanish. You can also listen to the story being read out by native speakers of those languages. A picture book contains a selection of the other entries for you to admire. Well done to everyone who entered!
Click the above image to view the multimedia book!
PRIMARY LANGUAGES RESOURCES BANK
We have set up a resources bank in the Chapman Library for the use of local primary school teachers. The collection includes storybooks in French, German, Spanish and Italian and a number of songs, games, CDs and DVDs. A card which allows teachers to borrow resources free of charge will be allocated to each school the first time a teacher from that school visits the library, as long as they can produce proof of association with the school (e.g. a letter on headed notepaper).