February 22, 2019

Year 3 Celebrates International Mother Language Day

Children in Year 3 International were delighted to welcome some of their mothers into their class on 21st February for a celebration of International Mother Language Day.

The day, approved by UNESCO in 1999, is observed all around the world, highlighting the fact that globally, 40% of the population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand.

The children took it in turns to talk about their mother tongue language and talked a little about their home country, though many of the children are from mixed nationality families and had to pick one out of 3 or 4!  The class was introduced to Spanish, Basque, Portuguese, Dutch, Indonesian, Russian, Ukranian, English, Czech and Chinese on this occasion and learnt that the word for robot is actually a Czech word! Thank you to all of the families who took part in this special event and for bringing in samples of national dishes for the children to sample at the end.

Class Teacher for Year 3, Miss Bell, said “It was a pleasure to welcome in some of the mothers of the children in the class. In a class of such mixed nationalities it is so important for the children to have opportunities to not only celebrate their own language but to hear and experience others and to spend time enjoying and exploring different languages. Everyone was delighted to hear one of the mums sing a popular song in Ukranian – I think everyone was surprised at the talent in the room! The children were all extremely proud to share their presentations and to talk in their mother tongues. We are very lucky to have such a diverse international community in the school and in this class, and to have parents who are so keen and willing to join in with some of our activities.”