Portsmouth High School were delighted to host nine visiting primary schools for their fourth Festival of Languages. The Festival is an opportunity for the Languages Department at Portsmouth High School to share their passion for languages and to celebrate some of the languages spoken by pupils in the school.
Senior School pupils joined specialist languages teachers in leading the sessions to teach a carousel of ten taster lessons ranging from Japanese, Hindi, Norwegian, Bengali, Farsi and Mandarin to Russian and Italian.
‘This event provided many opportunities,’ said Head of Languages, Miss Susie Humphreys. ‘Opportunities for our pupils to get a chance to share their love of languages, opportunities for other schools to hear different languages spoken and an opportunity to showcase the joy of languages around the world.’
The event was for local primary school pupils in Years 5 and 6 and the morning was designed to ignite a love of languages and also to celebrate the rich diversity of languages spoken by pupils in schools across the county.
Research shows that the best age to start learning a language is seven and this can help the brain to grow and develop.
The visitors had fun with a language themed treasure hunt around the school before taking part in a carousel of ten minute taster language lessons which were taught by senior girls and specialist language teachers from Portsmouth High School.
‘Having exposure to different languages is a wonderful opportunity,’ said Mrs Stockton from Oakwood School. ‘It is a super opportunity for our girls to learn languages from girls close to their age. Today is like a comparative language study.’
Rose Parry, 9, from Oakwood, said: ‘I loved learning the different languages. I’ve really enjoyed Urdu and have been taught that ‘gulaabi’ is ‘pink’ in Urdu. I’ll remember that as it sounds like my name.’
‘My favourite lesson was Mandarin,’ said Kirthy Kurian, 9, from Court Lane Junior School. ‘The day was 100,000 out of ten,’ added Bethany Uwawuike, 9, from Court Lane.