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Foreign Languages News

European Day of Languages 2022 - A Cultural Celebration

To fit in with our circus day, we put on a dance show at the end of the European Day of Languages this year, led by some of our children. 

The languages represented were Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Tamil, Arabic, Polish, Turkish and Bulgarian.

Children from across the year groups volunteered to be our language experts and lead the activities around the school, sharing their cultures and home languages with the other children and teachers. We are very privileged to have so many languages spoken in the homes of our children and so pleased that they are willing to share their culture with us.

Merton and Kingston Primary Languages Competition 2022

In Year 4, we made up songs about Olympic sports for this bi-annual languages competition. We were so pleased to win Best Song for Cedar class's entry. Well done to both classes for 2 great entries!

Click here to watch Pine Class's entry

Click here to watch Cedar Class's entry


Express Yourself in Lockdown

In the Spring Term of lockdown, when children were learning from home, The British Council organised an event called Express Yourself in Lockdown to celebrate the different languages spoken by children living in Great Britain. We joined children from all over the country in making our voices heard, with entries from all year groups from Yr2 to Yr6. We had submissions in French, Spanish, Albanian, Urdu, Tamil and Mandarin. Click on the links in the pdf to watch some of these amazing videos!

European Day of Languages 2020


For the 2020 European Day of Languages, we thought about colour and how the different colours that make up a rainbow are like our school community, made up of children, parents and staff from lots of different cultures and backgrounds, speaking many different languages, but all coming together at Malmesbury.


We also thought about artists from different parts of the world and how their vision of art is so different, but so beautiful, so we each painted a hand print in the style of our artist. 


You can see the original in the Hall, made up of hand prints from Nursery to Year 6.


The artists we studied were from France, Romania, Poland, Curaçao in the Caribbean, Ghana and the USA (originally from Germany).

Parlez-vous français?

In July, Year 5 were very excited to be speaking to their French pen-pals via Skype. Our children prepared a few sentences in French and our pen-pals spoke in English. It was sometimes a bit difficult to understand, but it was nice to see each other. Find out more about our pen-pals on our 'International Links' page.



Languages Day 2019

For this year’s Languages Day we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. We began with an assembly exploring the history of the wall and thought about how people would have been affected by it. Then we spent the day on various activities around this theme, including geography, art and German language activities and a wide game where children had to find German words around the playground. We baked gingerbread men and heard German music from the time.

Languages Day 2018

We had a fantastic day learning about some of the countries and languages represented at our school, culminating in a showcase at the end of the day. Thank you to our wonderful language experts who taught us lots of new phrases in different languages from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.