Language Leaders

Language Leaders Launch

The Language Leaders are part of the Build Up group and our aim over the year has been “to make all pupils more aware of languages and encourage others in the school to use different languages and learn some vocabulary.” To achieve this, we set ourselves 4 main actions with Miss McDonald’s help:

  1. Encourage other classes/pupils to be aware of language learning
  2. Make an eye-catching display in the lunch hall using key vocabulary in French and Spanish
  3. Label our main school areas with French/Spanish signs
  4. Source some dual language books for our library

Miss McDonald launched our Language Leaders sessions by discussing what our aim and actions could be. We talked about our different ideas and settled on the 4 action points above. We read a dual language story in Spanish and English and had to guess what some of the words could mean. We also sang some songs and played some games in French!



Lunch Lingo

Over the course of the next few sessions we started to create a wall display in our lunch hall. We discussed as a group what language we use in English when we have lunch, for example, please and thank-you, some of the fruits and vegetables we might eat from the salad and what colour of tray we might use. We voted on the 5 most popular school lunches and drew and painted these with the help of our P7 Leaders. Our favourites were cheese toastie, spaghetti bolognaise, macaroni cheese, sausage roll and chips, and pizza. Miss McDonald helped us to translate these into French and Spanish and put our ‘Lunch Lingo’ wall display together.


French and Spanish Display signs

After the success of our ‘Lunch Lingo’ display we decided to make a list of all the main places we use in the school and label them with French (our L2) and Spanish (our L3) signs. We wanted to do this to make all children and staff aware of both our L2 and L3, and to encourage people to use and learn the vocabulary. We made signs for the nursery, the staffroom, the P.E hall, the bathrooms, the dining hall, the library and many more. Why not see if you can spot our French and Spanish signs the next time you are in school?



Library Books

With the help of Miss Ingram and the Literacy Leaders, we were able to purchase a variety of dual language books from the ‘Little Linguist’ website with some money we received from The Foyles Foundation Grant. These will soon be arriving in the school library and will be able to be accessed by all children. Fantastique!



British Sign Language

In our last few sessions, the Language Leaders have been learning all about British Sign Language. We learned that sign language is different in most countries and that when using it people communicate with their hands, gestures and faces. We looked at some basic greetings like hello, good morning, good afternoon, goodbye etc. We practised these and then shared them with our own classes. Miss McDonald printed a poster for each class in the school so they could learn the signs as well. After this, we played a game where we had to guess what sign might be book, aeroplane, cow etc. We had lots of fun guessing and then learning the correct sign.

Have a look at the Greetings and Alphabet below if you want to try and learn some BSL at home:


BSL-Greeting-Signs PDF

In a follow up session, we looked at the BSL alphabet and tried to sign our own first and last names using the P7 Leaders to help. Miss McDonald videoed a few children signing their first name and uploaded it to twitter. You can follow the link here:

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