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French Day at SJS

On Monday 8th February, this year’s Modern Foreign Languages Day at Stamford Junior School focused on France where the whole school spent the day learning about the richness and variety of French culture and traditions. 

We started the day with an assembly in which the children were treated to a display of traditional French music, songs and dance from a fabulous group called “Tourdion”.   This was followed by workshops for our Year 6 classes in which they learned two dances and quizzed the musicians about their traditional instruments. We are very grateful to the members of Tourdion for their generosity and talent, and for making a very special contribution to the day.

Meanwhile, the other year groups investigated and gave presentations on various topics, including Matisse, Seurat and Monet, as well as planning a virtual tour of Paris.  Some built impressive models of famous buildings and landmarks, others cooked and tucked into French food, played French games and learned French songs.

In the afternoon after a French inspired lunch, all of the children showcased their own interpretations of famous paintings and the models of the buildings and taught each other what they had learned from their research. 

SJS Modern Foreign Languages staff member, Anne Cox, said “The children and staff fully entered into the spirit of the day with some splendid dressing up, including Napoleon and Marie-Antoinette, and they created a beautiful array of work.  All in all, we had a superb day.”