Around the World in 80 Languages!

Did you know that there are about 6,500 spoken languages in the world today, and that 75% of the world's population does not speak English as a mother tongue? Those were just two facts that children learned in a day dedicated to learning all about different cultures and languages today at The Paragon, which was themed 'Around the World in 80 Languages'.

Our very own Mrs Pugh who is from Norway and Ms Brackstone who is from Japan, dressed in traditional clothing, and spoke to the children in assembly all about the geography of their countries as well as teaching them about traditions and phenomenons such as the strange daylight patterns in Norway and the frequency of earthquakes in Japan.

Children in the Prep then were taught a few essential words and phrases in Spanish, Mandarin, Russian and Korean by specialist teachers and native speakers from Prior Park College - they even learned a rap which nearly brought the house down!

During research sessions, the children used i-pads to deepen their learning and all information was recorded in a passport. Lunch was also marked by different cuisines, and our languages teacher, Mr Ramond was treated to his favourite dessert: creme brulee!

We were reminded that 'Any time you think some other language is strange, remember that yours is just as strange, you're just used to it.'