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Japanese at St Mary's C of E Primary, Prittlewell

At the end of February a group of 10 students from years 9 to 13 along with Mrs Baxter, their Japanese teacher, spent the morning at St Mary's C of E Primary School, Prittlewell, as part of their week of activities that focused on Japan. Mrs Baxter wore a beautiful kimono and in their assembly taught the KS2 pupils the numbers from 1 to 10 using a fun, interactive story with actions. Steph C asked the pupils in the assembly what they had learned so far and then led the carousel of activities in the classrooms, organising the pupils into competing groups with each choosing a Japan-inspired name. There were a few 'team Picachu's.

The activities planned and delivered by Mrs Baxter and by our students were really varied and engaging; they taught numbers, animals, greetings, how to make origami foxes, how to write their names in Japanese, 'Head, shoulders, knees and toes', and the pupils were treated to a table covered in beautiful Japanese objects, each with a story behind it. Some of the boys and girls tried on kimonos and robes, and they all seemed to have a wonderful time learning more about the Japanese language.
Our students were excellent ambassadors for the school and we would like to thank Nicole, Amica, Mia, Chloe, Sophie, Leah, Ella, Rosa, Steph and Isabella for all their brilliant work at St Mary's last week.

Ms McKeown
Director of MFL