When kids really had to mind their language

Leyland's Academy@Worden hosted a week's worth of activities to raise the profile of languages during the European Day of Languages event
Leyland's Academy@Worden hosted a week's worth of activities to raise the profile of languages during the European Day of Languages event

Schools in Leyland have been enjoying the European Day of Languages event.

Academy@Worden hosted a week’s worth of activities to raise the profile of languages, with students being treated to a continental breakfast of croissants, pain au chocolate and other foods from France to mark the start of the special celebrations.

Balshaw's CE High School in Leyland enjoyed the European Day of Languages event

Balshaw's CE High School in Leyland enjoyed the European Day of Languages event

A Murder Mystery evening was also organised and saw teams of pupils and their parents working together to solve a range of clues left in 
French.

They also had to conduct a range of scientific experiments in order to find out who had murdered the school
caretaker.

The Westfield Drive school also offered a series of language taster sessions where families and staff enjoyed experiencing a new language and the opportunity to practise their new skills during selected workshops.

Languages on offer included French, German, Spanish, Greek and Makaton.

Balshaw's CE High School in Leyland enjoyed the European Day of Languages event

Balshaw's CE High School in Leyland enjoyed the European Day of Languages event

The highlight of the week came when pupils and staff dressed up in outfits from different cultures to bring a close to the week.

Characters included onion sellers, matadors, Cossacks, Spanish dancers, and two members of staff even donned lederhosen to make it a day to remember.

Balshaw’s CE High School on Church Road also arranged a whole week of events and activities for pupils, parents and staff to celebrate.

The canteen displayed the week’s menu in French, pupils were invited to watch different foreign films each lunchtime and to take part in quizzes.

They also had a continental breakfast, murder mystery event and languages taster sessions, this year offering French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Iranian, Italian, Polish and Mandarin.

On another day, staff wore a flag sticker of a country of their choice and pupils were invited to ask why staff had chosen that country.

Large flags were also on display in the languages department and people were invited to write their name under any country that they had visited.

On the final day, pupils were asked to come to school in the national dress of a country of their choice, while the teachers conducted their lessons in a different
language.

Students were then asked to vote for the best linguist (other than the language teachers!).