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Language of the Half Term

The children at Diamond Wood Community Academy come from a range of cultures and backgrounds. As a multi-cultural school it is vital that we prepare children to grow up to make a positive contribution to society.
 At Diamond Wood Community Academy, there are children and adults who speak many different languages. The languages spoken include Czech, English, Hungarian, Punjabi, Polish, Romanian and Russian. We also have children who use a sign language called Makaton. There are many reasons we should know about each other’s languages, including the following:-
  • To give bilingual children the opportunity to demonstrate their language skills
  • To enhance the status of bilingual children
  • To show respect for each other’s languages and cultures
  • To give parents the chance to be actively involved in their children's learning
  • To broaden the language skills of all the children and staff.
 
Each half term a new language will be introduced. Teachers will put up a display in their classrooms and they will do short, fun activities to teach several words from the language. We have introduced the children to the new languages and displays have been put up in classrooms and in the corridor by main reception.

 

In Summer 2 our focus is COMMUNICATION in general.

To download this poster click here.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Not all people speak using their voices.
  • Some people may choose not to use their voices.
  • Some people may no be physically able to use their voice.
  • There are lots of other ways to communicate.
  • British Sign Language, Makaton, Semaphore and Braille are all universal non-verbal languages.

CHALLENGE - What does universal mean? Where do you think all of these languages could be used?

We will be launching our Languages of the Half term during a special 'Communication Day' in school during the first week back in Summer 2.  Mrs Idle who leads on this initiative in school will share an exciting assembly to introduce the children to the different ways of communicating. The children in all year groups will be immersed into a whole day of experiences and activities designed to support their learning. These included food technology, writing, reading, music, mathematics and creative activities.

 

Come back soon to look at some of the things we did on Communication Day!

We are working hard to know more and remember more!

Last term our languages of focus were Welsh and German. In the Autumn term we focused on the languages Hungarian, Romanian and French. It is important that the children revisit previous learning to support them in knowing and remembering more. The children will continue to use their newly learned knowledge and skills throughout this half term. For example, they may answer the register on some days in Hungarian, French or Romanian. They will also look out for learning experiences which can link to what they already know. Please continue to support your children at home also. 

Autumn 1 - We learned all about the country of Hungary and the language Hungarian.

What can you remember?

Autumn 2 - We learned all about the country of France and the language French.

What can you remember?

Click here to view our 'French Day' celebrations booklet. 

Autumn 2 - We also celebrated Romanian Unity Day.

What can you remember?

Our wonderful Romanian speaking Teaching Assistant Caty told us all about it. She explained how important this date is to our Romanian pupils and their families. We made sure that we marked this special day and taught everyone at Diamond Wood all about it. It was a really purposeful and meaningful experiences for all involved. We had a great time and can't wait to celebrate again next year. 

Spring 1 - We learned all about the country of Germany and the language German.

What can you remember?

Click here to view our 'German Day' celebrations booklet. 

Spring 2 - We learned all about the country of Wales and the language Welsh.

What can you remember?

Click here to view our 'Welsh Day' celebrations booklet. 

Summer 1 - We learned all about the country of Pakistan and the language Punjabi.

What can you remember?

Click here to view our 'Punjabi Day' celebrations booklet.