Friday, 29 September 2017

Whitley hosts European Languages Day

Written by Holly and Deborah, Year 8 student reporters

On Tuesday 26 September, Whitley Academy hosted 'European Languages Day' for Year 7, a day designed to introduce new language and culture to our pupils.

At the beginning of the day, we decided to visit Miss Williamson's class. Pupils were matching up countries to their capital cities, everybody was raising their hands eagerly to answer questions. 

In Mr Haxby’s classroom, pupils were matching celebrities to the languages they could speak. Of course the focus was about European languages.

In Mr Purslow’s lesson, an interesting short clip about the European Union and its countries were shown to pupils.

Then we paid a short visit to Miss Williamson's class again to witness an engaging group discussion between the teacher and the whole class.

The reflection of the Day…

Some pupils were asked what they thought, most said it was interesting, great and fun. Others said it was different and helped them find out about new cultures. One said they loved their big new school, Whitley Academy, a lot.

Miss Williamson and Mr Haxby commented that students engaged in new activities and enjoyed learning about different cultures. Also there were lots of great activities to participate in and discuss.

And then it was the end of the day!

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