While politicians negotiate the UK’s exit from the European Union, Sixth Formers at Newcastle High are doing their bit for international relations by sharing their love and knowledge of foreign languages with primary school children from the west of the city, and our own Years 1 and 2 at Chapman House.
60 children from West Denton Primary School joined girls from NHSG on Tuesday 20th June to spend the day exploring European languages in an exciting day of games and fun activities – all with a summer holiday theme. The Sixth Form linguists who organised the day are working towards a Young Language Leaders (YLL) Award.
During the fun-packed sessions the children worked in different groups playing games and solving puzzles in German, Spanish and French. The games focused on simple numbers, food, transport, weather, songs and activities and children were able to collect stamps for their special passports as they completed each activity.
The Young Leaders are tested on their language teaching skills as well as being asked to demonstrate their leadership, communication, organisation and motivational abilities. The YLL award is open to anyone who has studied a language to GCSE or A Level and is based on older pupils coaching younger ones throughout the academic year.
Mrs King said: “We launched the Young Language Leaders Award seven years ago and it has been so successful. In today’s turbulent times it is crucial that we foster greater understanding between countries and cultures and learning another language helps us all to do that.
“It has been truly inspiring to watch our Sixth Formers take on the role of language teachers. Their energy and passion make them an instant hit with younger children.”
Anudi Galagedara, Year 12 Young Language Leader, explained: “I’ve loved every minute of the Young Language Leaders course – preparing the games and seeing the fun the children have playing them is really rewarding and it is so satisfying when they pick up the language quickly. “Teaching others has also helped my own learning. Having to explain and to teach the younger children helps cement things in to my brain, and everyone picks up the language more quickly when it is turned into a game and is fun.”
Parents of Elizabeth Voysey, Year 1, were delighted with the impact of the day’s activities: “Elizabeth absolutely loved the Primary Languages Day. So much so that she took her passport to bed with her! She very much enjoyed counting in French and German when she got home too”
The Primary Languages Day is one of a series of events the Young Language Leaders will organise before receiving their award. They will be assessed on a range of key leadership skills they will have acquired during the course, which is accredited through the Sports Leaders Award Scheme.

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