Students from four other Cambridgeshire schools joined IVC students for a celebration of languages. Over 80 students from Cottenham VC, Witchford VC, Melbourn VC and Swavesey VC spent the day at IVC working together in a range of activities and workshops.
The students followed a carousel of activities with an Olympic theme using French German and Spanish. They talked about Olympic ideals, identified over 30 sports in four languages, played charades and matched the correct flags to a map of Europe.
Each school also put up a display of work. Both students and teachers enjoyed looking at the wide range of very creative work and gained lots of new ideas.
Students had made board games, models, mini books, comics and story boards.
After lunch there was an opportunity to try out Kung Fu at a class run by one of IVC's International Sixth Form students, which proved to be both physically and mentally demanding.
Feedback from the students:
"I thought that languages day was a very good way to stress the importance of modern foreign languages. I really liked the session where we learned how to speak in Chinese and when we had to match the countries with their flags, that was fun because it had a geographical theme to it. If there was one thing that could be different it would be: maybe we could learn some more of languages we wouldn't normally speak."
The students also had a taster lesson in Chinese, a song writing in French workshop and a Flamenco session.
The last hour was spent watching presentations form each school. There were films, puppet shows and songs.
"I thought the day was pretty interesting, particularly when we got to try out Flamenco dancing and Chinese 'rap'. The day itself was very well organised and I enjoyed how the different events were set out, making everyone have to work in teams with people they'd never met before, from other schools. I found it was a good way of testing language skills and finding more out about the culture of the country where the language originates from. - Sehr, sehr gut!