Around 60 girls from schools across Cheshire, Wirral and North Wales recently visited The Queen’s Lower School to spend the morning learning other languages. Pupils from years two to five had French lessons, learning about Monsieur Bruit, and made croissants and handkerchiefs inspired by France’s landmarks and cuisine. They also learnt some Mandarin characters, tried lion dancing and Chinese drumming and made Chinese knots and drums. There were also opportunities to learn salsa and mambo dance moves and make Spanish-themed works of art. All the girls left having learnt a few words of each language.
Queen’s Lower School will be expanding its languages provision to include Mandarin and French on the curriculum from September. Currently only Spanish is taught on the curriculum with the other languages run as extracurricular clubs.
Mrs Cookson said: “Igniting a love of languages at an early age is absolutely fundamental to so many other things in life. It not only improves brain development and helps children understand their own language better as they grow up, but it open doors to other worlds and cultures. It was wonderful to see so many pupils from far and near come and visit us for ‘little linguists’ and we hope they enjoyed it as much as we did!”