What a wonderful experience we’ve had this year!
Pupils in Y5 and Y6 in Sharnbrook Primary twinned with a Spanish and a French school and we were overjoyed to take the language learning one step further. Our pupils have made new friends, learnt about foreign traditions and communicated with their penpals in their native language.
Thank you to Amparo in Escuela Profesional La Salle (Valencia, Spain) and Alain in Coussac-Bonneval École (Limoges, France) for their commitment and friendliness. Despite the Covid restrictions in all three countries, several lockdowns and unusual routines, we have managed to have a vast exchange of letters, videos, posters and pictures.
I am very proud of our students for showing great interest in our Twinning projects and for making it possible. Your enthusiasm and hard work has been exemplary.
Here are some of the things we’ve shared with our Twinned Schools this year. Enjoy!
FRENCH SCHOOL COUSSAC-BONNEVAL
We first received this poster from Alain, the teacher leading the project in Coussac. Look at the letters from some of the French children, too:
Our Swans in Year 5 then replied with very impressive French:
At Christmas time, we sent each other labelled drawings highlighting our festive traditions:
In our following letter exchange, we described ourselves and our families as well as telling our French penpals that we were doing online learning, during lockdown:
In our last exchange with our French school, we described our daily routines and compared one country to the other:
SPANISH SCHOOL ESCUELA PROFESIONAL LA SALLE
We first sent a video introducing ourselves and showing the grounds of our school. It was very interesting to see the video of Escuela Profesional La Salle, where pupils showed us their classrooms, communal areas and the playground.
In our first letter exchange, we wrote about ourselves, our families, likes and dislikes. This was just after having done a couple of months of Spanish learning so it was a big challenge! Our Eagles did fantastically! Our Spanish penpals also sent us letters in English:
For Christmas, both sets of schools sent labelled posters describing our traditions:
Collection of Posters from our Y6s:
Some posters from our Spanish penpals:
In the New Year, we sent our penpals a description of ourselves in Spanish and our friends from La Salle sent us a few letters in Spanish, too - so that we could read real Spanish!
These first letters are from pupils in La Salle:
These are some of the letters from our Eagles in Year 6. Great effort!
Finally, we told each other about places of interest near us or UK landmarks that our penpals would like to visit:
Our Spanish penpals sent us videos instead. Most of them told us about the Tower of Paterna, dating from the XI century, the very famous Caves in La Cova Gran and the Ceramics/Pottery museum in their hometown: