Year 5 children from Bridlewood, Oakhurst, Red Oaks and St Francis primary schools spent a morning at Isambard School in mid-February getting a taste of secondary school.
Members of the Isambard language department organised sessions where the children learnt words and phrases in Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese and Russian, accompanied by a range of creative activities such origami.
Head of languages James Turney said: “We currently teach French, German and Spanish but are also looking at including other world languages to prepare young people for future challenges of working in different cultures.”
Ali Quick, head of key stage 3, who organised the day, said there were two aims.
“It was an opportunity to experience what it’s like in secondary school and a chance to pick up the basics of different languages. There was an enthusiastic response from the children, though my pronunciation of some Korean words was quickly corrected when demonstrating Tae-Kwon Do moves by a couple of black belt martial artists.”
Pictured: Teachers Mick Addleton and Tamsin Bowden with children from different schools holding their origami in the Japanese session.