On Wednesday 27th April, able linguists at Glebelands School enjoyed a wonderful day exploring the importance of languages. Students from Years 8 and 9 were invited to attend especially designed workshops to open their eyes (and ears) to a wider variety of languages beyond that which are offered through the curriculum.
The first part of the day was spent learning basic Japanese with Japanese volunteers visiting from The Japan Society. Students learnt how to write their names and greet people. They also learnt the delicate, traditional art of Origami: making hats, birds and pianos.
The afternoon was spent with an extraordinary visitor to the school who was completely deaf, from Physical & Sensory Support, part of Surrey County Council. Students were taught the tricky skills of sign language and were invited to ask questions about the life of the deaf, and how sign language is used to communicate.
Glebelands School currently offers GCSE French to all students with the opportunity to study Spanish and Latin for some, so this was a fantastic day to expand students’ knowledge further beyond the teaching of modern European languages that forms part of the National Curriculum. Glebelands would like to thank all the volunteers who came in to help make the day such a success.
Source - Glebelands