International School's Update
It was a challenging time for everyone through Covid and we are so pleased to be getting back on track with our international learning at Hill View Infant Academy.
The year started with European Languages Day. All children in school enjoyed celebrating the day and dressed up in colours of their European flag. We found out lots and finding out about that country. Children were invited to bring along their favourite teddy to help them practise saying their name and where they live in German. Children were introduced to our partner school in Germany through photographs.
At Christmas each class made cards, calendars and baubles to send to Germany along with a few information leaflets about Christmas. We were delighted to receive a parcel back from Germany.
We are delighted to have a new partner school in Germany and are so excited to welcome our German teacher in this term. Frau Grune will be working with children in every class, teaching us lots of German words and telling us all about her country.
Some children have followed the route of Amal the refugee puppet and this led to a visit from Amnesty International . Children in year 1 discovered so much about what it is like to be a refugee and read the story My Name is not Refugee. Children had a lot to think about and as a school we decided to collect gifts for refugee children living in Sunderland. The generosity of parents, carers and children across the school was overwhelming and we think we helped make life a little better for them here in our local community.
Returning to school we compared traditions and in French discovered about La Galette cake and read a story Roule Galette. The Oriental Museum delivered a workshop about Chinese New Year and children across school have enjoyed learning more about this celebration.
As the weather is improving we are now turning our attention to the allotment and are so lucky to have been working with a very talented parent who is in the process of making signs and leaflets for our allotment. All children designed a logo for the allotment and these now appear on the signs. The Green Ambassadors will be delivering leaflets as we would love to invite members of the local community to come and share their expertise with us to make the allotment a resounding success and a resource for everyone to use. We are committed to reducing waste and the Green Ambassadors will be on hand to help with this. Watch this space for further international activities!
European Languages Day - September 2023