Poisson d’avril

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The children in Primary 1 and 2 will be learning about how children celebrate April Fool’s Day in France ‘Poisson d’avril’ next week.  Unfortunately they are on holiday on the actual day – 1st April.  Children in France make little fish which they attach secretly to their friend’s backs.  Chocolate fish are exchanged as gifts.  The link below is a lovely little cartoon where popular French character T’choupi celebrates this tradition.

http://www.dessin-anime.net/poisson-d-avril.html

Why study languages?

Some inspiration for our younger learners starting out on their language learning journey …

Top 10 reasons to study languages written by students in higher education.

Here are our top 10 reasons…

1) You fall in love with the subject.

2) English is not enough! It’s really important that you learn to speak and understand other people no matter where they are from.

3) You can travel to new places around the world.

4) It’s the perfect way to meet new people and discover new cultures.

5) Speaking another language really makes you stand out from the crowd.

6) Learning a foreign language can help you understand your own language and make it easier to learn others.

7) You develop 4 key skills; listening, reading, speaking and writing.

8) You’ll have fun learning about a wide range of topics from shopping, to sport, to food and entertainment.

9) Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity and you have better memory too.

10) It’s an impressive achievement to speak a foreign language and you’ll have better options for your future!

French stories in Primary 1

Our lovely French Assistant who worked with Primary One last year, Cylia Toumache, is back visiting Dunbar.  She kindly offered to come into school and read French stories to the Primary 1 children this week.  We wish her well as she continues her world travels and she has promised she will visit again.  There are some lovely French language books for the children to borrow in the John Muir library.