Senior School

Language Comes Alive

We work hard to inspire our pupils to learn languages and try to engage their interest in different ways. Some of our pupils enjoy the electronic element, others embrace the opportunity to travel to the target language country and some love the opportunity to role-play and speak the language.

Many pupils joining us at Sixth Form comment on how much speaking we do compared to their previous school and indeed, we try to bring the language alive for their enjoyment longer term. Moreover, we also work on their listening skills and invite in the Onatti Theatre company for exactly this purpose.

Not only does drama and role-play have an important part in language learning; it can also be very engaging. The visiting performances allow pupils to hear language at a GCSE appropriate level and not only this: the story is age appropriate and engaging. Often there is some audience participation and one or two of our pupils are called up on stage to engage with the actors, an aspect that is always much enjoyed by the spectators. Overall, we find that many pupils are buzzing after the event and realise that the language they are learning is alive and that the heavier lessons, when we learn how to use the building blocks, are all within this context.

Undoubtedly, our principal aim is to inspire our pupils to learn languages for longer-term enjoyment and subsequently, for application in the work place. We have first-hand experience that our pupils who have modern language skills gain the edge when seeking employment and we aim to put them in pole position. In a national context of declining language learning, we encourage our pupils to differentiate themselves from the masses; visiting theatre is just one of the mediums we employ.


Year 3 celebrated Australia Day and learnt more about the ‘Great Southern Land’ as part of their topic learning ‘Setting Sail’.

Captain Cook’s first voyage of discovery when he discovered Australia and claimed if for Great Britain has been explored in their History lessons and for Geography they have learnt more about modern Australia.

It was modern Australia that inspired their celebrations of Australia Day. Mrs Evans was welcomed back to school and along with Mrs Hellyer, both who come from Australia, they talked to the children about their home country. Then the children set about making boomerangs and decorating them with pictures of Australian animals. They also made Anzac biscuits and started making top trump cards.

“My category of animal was Australian sea creatures that lived on the Great Barrier Reef,” said Hattie M.

Finally, the children had a little tea party of fairy bread, cheese puffs, lamingtons, and the Anzac biscuits they had made. The day was finished by singing the old and new Australian National Anthems and Kookaburra.

Noah L-O’s favourite activity was the biscuit making, ‘I liked it when we made the Anzac biscuits. It was fun.’


Learning to Share

The children in nursery always look forward to their weekly circle time with Sherlock. Sherlock helps us to talk about our feelings and our worries.

Did you know that if we come to nursery and we are unhappy, fearful or just feel troubled we will not be able to learn?

Sherlock is a very clever dog he knows when we are unhappy or troubled, he listens with his ears and his eyes and is always there to help us share our solve our thoughts or worries.