Monday, 22 November 2010

Stanwell Nursery Languages Week

Stanwell Nursery held a Languages Week to celebrate Piccolingo in Action. During this week, parents came into the nursery and read to the children in their home languages, including Hindi and Arabic. 

St Mary’s RC Primary

The whole school was involved in celebrating Spanish and French as part of Piccolingo: Languages in Action. All classes from P1 – P7 had a game, song, interactive game on the smart board or a snack relating to the language they learn in their class.
These pictures show show P7s practising a French play, some P4s learning a song about the weather and then practising having a weather forecast. Also some P6/7s learning about pets using the Smartboard and there's some P2s learning how to say how they are using the BBC Children's French web site.


Thursday, 11 November 2010

Piccolingo - art and literacy at Stockbridge Nursery

We divided into 4 groups and talked about 4 different art works- 2 by Spanish artists and 2 by Polish artists. Gaudi, Velasquez, Poznan, Witzacy.We followed a set of questions based on content, form, process and mood. Two of the groups were led by native Polish and Spanish speakers who used both languages whilst engaging in talk with the children.

Once the talk was over the children were encouraged to try a range of activities that involved exploring the art work. The photos show the activities- these ranged from water colour to sawdust and paint textures, monoprinting, photo-montage, large squeezy painting outside, very wet sand, textured water, wood textures with woodwork and colour mixing.

The atmosphere was fantastic and children really engaged!

All the words ( Polish, English and Spanish) and pictures generated that day will be used for a display in the nursery.

Moffat Early Years Centre

On Wednesdy 10 November, the children at Moffat Early Years Centre were joined by teachers and puppets from Institut Fran├žais d’Ecosse to celebrate Piccolingo Day of Languages.  The children learnt new songs, rhymes and games. Angela, one of the early years workers, wrote:

Our Piccolingo event was superb. Agnes and Julien were fantastic. It was an ideal way to introduce French to our children and parents. The children made French flags and had crepes and croissants for snack. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

Grassmarket Nursery

On 10th November, Grassmarket Nursery celebrated Piccolingo: Languages in Action.  They displayed the photos of parents doing group sessions with the children this term. Parents have translated the song 'Friends,friends,123. All my friends are here with me' into Polish, French, Taiwanese, Nepalese and Scots. On Wednesday they continued this with a parent and a former parent singing the Urdu version.
The nursery also displayed the photos of their involvement with the Piccolingo event on the 29th September.
The nursery had their usual French immersion session from 9am - 12.30pm with the French teacher. This included having lunch with the children.
On Wednesday morning, Marie-Christine Thiebaut, who is the Education Officer for Scotland from the French Institute, visited Grassmarket Nursery.

Piccolingo activities in St Peter's Primary

St Peter's Primary celebrated Piccolingo by inviting parents to come in and read a story in their first language. In Primary 1-3, parents read from a whole range of languages including Irish Gaelic, Spanish, Japanese, Polish, Italian, Korean, French and Russian. The upper school took part in the event too, and children in these classes read to their peers in their first language. The EAL Service provided each class with copies of age appropriate dual language books from the school library. 
The school have started a display so that everyone in the school can share in the event, and there is going to be a page devoted to this event in the school's visual record book (big size) with photos and comments.
Feedback from those who took part in the event was very positive.
Comments included:
  • I am thinking of inviting more parents in the future as there are many other languages we can all enjoy. (Class Teacher)
  • This was quite easy to do and very enjoyable. (Class teacher)
  • I could understand the train story in Polish because there were lots of sounds in it. (pupil)
  • It made me feel happy when my mummy came in to school. (pupil)
  • Please let me know when you are arranging something like this, I would love to come again. (parent)
The school hope this event will be the first of many multilingual and multicultural events.

Leith Walk Primary School – Primary 2 and 3

On Monday 8th of November, Primary 2 and 3 held a ‘Languages in Action Afternoon’.  We were delighted to welcome parents and volunteers into class to help us celebrate the diversity of languages spoken in our school.  The children rotated around six different activities, in small groups, where they could experience speaking Bosnian, Portuguese, French, Catalan, Panjabi, Polish, Bengali and Urdu.  The activities included songs, rhymes, stories, games and counting.  The children also greatly enjoyed creating flags to represent the nationalities in our classes.  The event was so successful that we hope to repeat it again next term!