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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Schools get a taste of France before saying au revoir for the summer

OH LA la, there was lots to celebrate at two West Cumbrian primary schools on Monday.

Fairfield Primary School in Cockermouth and Westfield Primary School in Workington both wanted to have a French-themed day, so what better day to do it than on Bastille Day, July 14?

There were no revolting peasants but lots of tricolours, much chat about France and a fantastic selection of food.

It will be compulsory for all key stage two children to study French from September. At Fairfield they decided to start the lessons a year earlier.

French teacher Helen Tucker has been teaching years three, four, five and six since last September.

She said: “We wanted to celebrate France and decided to do it on Bastille Day.”

The whole school took part in a tasting session, which was a huge success.

The Co-op, Aldi and Sainsbury’s donated a selection of French food for the youngsters to sample.

More than 150 Westfield pupils designed and made French pancakes with fillings.

Staff and children dressed in red, white and blue, made the Eiffel Tower out of art straws and played French games.

Lindsay Stevenson, modern foreign languages co-ordinator, said: “From September it will be compulsory for key stage two students to learn a foreign language so it is important to have days like this.”

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