SJS Modern Foreign Languages Day
On Monday 6th February, Stamford Junior School celebrated Modern Foreign Languages Day with a focus on German-speaking countries. The whole school spent the day learning about the richness and variety of German culture and traditions. We started the day with an assembly in which students from the senior schools and children from SJS who have been studying German gave a presentation of their favourite aspects of German culture. This was followed by workshops for the different year groups. Year 2 through to Year 5 enjoyed a German language taster session, learning about either pets and colours, or hobbies.
Reception children created their own interpretation of the work of Paul Klee, a Swiss-German artist and discovered more about Grimm’s fairy tales. Students in Year 1 impressed everyone with a fantastic dance display showcasing traditional German clap dancing while the children in Year 2 created a model of Neuschwanstein Castle. Meanwhile, children in Year 3 studied the Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, resulting in a beautiful mural display showing his style. Year 4 groups investigated German-speaking scientists like Albert Einstein, Johannes Kepler or Gregor Mendel and created beautiful displays of their achievements. Pupils in Year 5 turned into travel agents, creating brochures to attract visitors to German-speaking countries. Last but not least, pictures of some famous German landmarks, including the Berlin TV-Tower and Brandenburg Gate were created as beautiful wall hangings by the Year 6 classes.
In the afternoon after a German-inspired lunch, all of the children showcased their work in the assembly Hall and taught each other what they had learned from their research. The children and staff fully entered into the spirit of the day with some splendid dressing up, and they created a beautiful array of work.