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Maindee Primary School Winners made the local news. Yay!

Well Done, Maindee Primary school everyone will know how special you are now in South Wales. Some great ideas to inspire those wishing to enter next Year.

ARABIC, Czech, and Turkish are just some of the languages you might expect to hear spoken at an international airport.

But things aren’t too different in the classrooms of one Newport primary school, where pupils speak a total of twenty different languages.

Of the 411 pupils at Maindee Primary School, at least 85 per cent are from an ethnic background and speak English as a supplementary language.

But despite it not being their first language, youngsters are excelling, and the school has been recognised at a UK-wide awards ceremony.

The school impressed judges at the Primary Language Classroom Awards, coming top in the English as an Additional Language award.

Berna Pullen, of the Gwent Education Multi-Ethnic Service, nominated the school because she wanted to share the things they do well. She and 14 other GEMS staff provide regular support in the classroom to help pupils integrate.

Youngsters who are new to English are taught alongside all other pupils, as this is the best way for them to learn she said, but they will also get additional help if needed.

Teachers use a number of interactive tools such as iPads, and have developed an application to help teach pupils newwords and phrases.

One they use regularly shows videos of pupils speaking in their native tongue describing regular classroom tasks, such as writing the date or topic heading, which they can play to translate the words they routinely hear in class.

Teachers also encourage students to create comic strips in their first language and them help them translate them.

The school also celebrates all religious celebrations, such as the Islamic festival of Eid, to ensure all youngsters are aware of each of the many cultures they represent.

This year, it will add a newone to its calendar when it holds a Romany celebration in the summer.

Head of Key Stage 2 Selina Wells said the children were ecstatic to have won.

She said: “We took to the school committee to the ceremony at the NEC in Birmingham and when they read out the winner, the children just erupted.

“We are really very proud. It shows that the commitment from all the staff at Maindee is paying off and the children appreciate it.”

List of languages spoken at Maindee Primary School

Arabic   Bengali   Czech   Slovak   Italian   English   French   Hindi   Kurdish   Polish   Punjabi   Romany   Roma   Russian   Somali   Turkish   Urdu   Welsh   Lithuanian   Latvian

With special thanks to the South Wales Argus for sharing this.

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/gwentnews/10307580.Award_for_Newport_school_where_pupils_speak_twenty_languages/?ref=nt

Thank You from Glasgow Academy Prep School

I opened my email box and read this lovely thank you.  I just have to say thank you for such lovely words but they are the ones doing a great job so deserved to be honoured in this way.

Congratulations everyone and especially Patricia for sending in her application during the Christmas holiday.  If I am not mistaken it came in just after Christmas but before New Year.

What a memorable occasion the Primary Languages Classroom Awards ceremony was!  Thank you so much for all the hard work and dedication from all the team for organising and promoting this event and to the sponsors for their generous prizes.  Primary Modern Languages is a highly specialised, but often neglected, field of expertise so it is wonderful to celebrate achievement in this area and place it firmly in the spotlight.  I thank all the pupils of the Glasgow Academy for wholeheartedly embracing this area of the curriculum and helping me turn my ideas into a very enjoyable reality.

2013 Primary Language Classroom Winners announced

Congratulations to the winners

French : Glasgow Academy Prep School, Glasgow

German : Hungerford Primary School, Islington

EAL : Maindee Primary School, Newport

Welsh : Pontlliw Primary School, Swansea

Other : Barlows Primary School, Liverpool

Look out for the revamped website with the judges comments and pictures to come.

Spilsby Primary School shortlisted for National Language Award- news

With less than two weeks to go finalists of the awards are getting excited.  Spilsby Primary School in Lincoln is one of the schools on the shortlist and has shared their excitement with their community.

Their story is below.

We wish them Good Luck.

SPILSBY Primary School is waiting in anticipation after being shortlisted for  a national language award.

The UK’s largest educational resources show is  hosting the fifth annual national Primary Language Classroom Awards (PLCA) at  Birmingham NEC where Spilsby Primary School will be battling it out against 14  other schools to win one of the five awards.

Spilsby Primary School Finalists 2013

Spilsby Primary School Finalists 2013

Headteacher Louise Davidson said: “Spilsby Primary School is thrilled at  having being shortlisted by the PLCA for our work across the school in learning  French and specifically in year six.

“French specialist Louisa Roberts has been instrumental in developing  immersive activities to encourage children to engage with both the French  culture and the learning of the language over the past five years but she and  the children have never been nominated for an award before.”

A panel of professional educational and language experts, including  headteachers and classroom teachers will independently judge the awards.

Each category winner will receive at least £500 of tailored resources from  sponsors to support their language learning into 2013 and beyond.

Director of the Primary Language Classroom Awards Liz Foxwell said: “It gives  us great pleasure to be hosting our fifth annual PLCA presentation at the  Education Show 2013.

“The exceptional work and dedication of teachers throughout the UK in the  promotion of languages must not go unnoticed. Teachers who show a love of  languages and belief in their student’s ability need to be celebrated, as do  staff teaching students with varied English language proficiency which can be a  daunting task.

“We look forward to celebrating the achievements of this year’s winners who  are great ambassadors of best practice.”

The Education Show runs from March 14-16 and is free to attend.

For more information visit http://www.educationshow.com.

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Winners of the Primary Language Awards to receive over £500 of resources per category

Winners of the Primary Language Awards 2013 will be given a range of gifts from a variety of these suppliers depending on their need for their classrooms.
The suppliers have kindly donated the following:

o French Embassy – gifts
o EMASUK – Membership
o Petit Point – Annual classroom licence
o Golden Daffodils – French lesson plans
o Association for Language Learning
 For the school: Free Primary membership of ALL for one year?
 For the teacher: entry into a draw for a free place at our conference?
o Goethe Institut – Gifts
o Kleinbrücken – Annual classroom licence
o Little Bridge – Annual classroom license
o BESA – Resources to support language learning
o Brilliant Publications – selection of Welsh books
o Hobbycraft : Voucher for teaching resources
o Little Linguist – A package of dual-language resources

I must also thank Pentel and the European Union for supporting us with gifts for every shortlisted school at the Award ceremony.

Everyone a winner

Wow, Thanks, are often heard when I ring up to inform the head that they are a finalist for the Primary Language Awards.

This is always the reminder to me why we do these awards  prior to this much of my time is spent talking to sponsors arranging prizes and letting schools know that the awards are there and encouraging them to enter. Then collating the entries and arranging the judges and the judging process, as well as the finalist ceremony, and there is not a classroom in sight.

Then comes the time to let the classes and schools know that they are finalists and are to be rewarded for their good practice and commitment to their language learning.  One of the things I have always picked up is that these school don’t just teach and learn they enjoy their journey in languages.  With so many to choose from I am always amazed at the amount of languages taught some primaries teaching three and those in Wales with the Welsh component some do four.

So back to the phone calls no matter what process, strategy or discussion you are engaged in.  No matter who you are engaged in the discussion with, from the Secretary of State for Education, governors, parents or council officials the one thing that must be remembered are the teachers and the children in the classroom. This is where the good practice happens and where young lives are turned onto languages making them ready to be global citizens when they enter the world of work.

To everyone who entered this year thank you it was a tough job to judge all of the entries and even if you didn’t reach the final style the judges were warmed at the good practice that is happening in language learning in so many UK schools.

All of the finalist have today received their logos to proudly display on the websites and paper work.

Well Done everyone you are all winners.

Shortlist notified

Today many of the shortlisted schools have found out that they are in line to win £500 plus of resources for their school. I look forward to meeting them all on 15th March 2013 at 2.00pm and extend you a welcome to just log into the education show and choose free ticket, come to the show and I will see you at 2.00 when we let the winners know who they are.

http://www.education-show.com/education/website/Home.aspx?refer=1&id=mainLnk1