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Developing Languages in the Primary Setting
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

At St. John the Baptist Primary School, we have identified that many of our pupils across all levels in the school have little knowledge on the European Union and the countries involved in this Union. This was identified by one of the staff members who will be representing our school at the LFEE immersion course in Lyon. All staff members in school are currently teaching French and informing our pupils of the French culture. Many members have completed the 1+2 Languages course provided by West Lothian Council's 1+2 development team to aid our school improvement plan in implementing the 1+2 policy. Our lead learner for 1+2 have assisted all staff members in training by offering us courses provided by West Lothian Council and highlighting new resources which can be used in the classroom.To address the issue identified above, the two staff members who are willing to attend the LFEE immersion course, have agreed on a project with the Head Teacher and Lead Learner, and have discussed this with other members of staff. This project aims to give the whole school an opportunity to learn about countries involved in the European Union by planning and preparing a Modern Languages week in school. Each class will focus on a European country and will learn some of the language that they use, learn about their culture and possibly experience some of their famous dishes such as croissants. This will give our learners the opportunity to experience different languages and cultures that are part of the European Union. Evidence of the learning taking place during this week long event will be achieved by teachers taking photos using the school iPads and these photos being posted on our school website and a display board in school for the parents and children to see. This project will be undertaken by all staff members in school, but led by the 2 staff members who have been on the LFEE immersion course. Resources and teaching methods gained from the immersion course will compliment this project well, as will the resources the school already has. Feedback will be obtained using the Survey Monkey questionnaire website, which will be completed by class teachers with their pupils and through professional dialogue between colleagues. If this project is successful, it may become an annual event for the whole school and nursery to participate in. This will give all pupils in the school an insight into the lives of people living in other European countries, as many pupils in our school may not have had the opportunity to travel abroad and experience other cultures. In the long term, this will feed into our school introducing the second language as part of the 1+2 Scottish Government policy and our school improvement plan.

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