• Jo Appleford-Cook

Linguatastic's Language School

Firstly, apologies for any confusion caused by the beginning of last month’s article stating that in the UK, Father’s Day was being celebrated on Sunday 14th, when it was of course, being celebrated on 21st!

Anyway, that mistake aside, we have been quite on the ball and have been learning about the different international days/weeks dedicated to different causes. This has offered us the opportunity to not only learn words in another language, but to engage in some cross-curricular learning by also working on Science, Maths, Geography and PSHE Education.

Amongst other topics, we’ve looked at:

· Mental Health Awareness Week, focussing on Kindness (to ourselves and others)

· World Environment Day, when we learnt about biodiversity, food chains and recycling

· World Oceans Day, when we talked about the different oceans there are, their sizes and why they are important.

Feedback from parents has been extremely positive, with many appreciating how such lessons help to provide some kind of structure in the week. It has also been nice for the children to talk to others about things going on in their week (which we then of course translate into the target language) and we’ve noticed how it’s even spontaneously brought up things on their mind such as Coronavirus and after the extremely sad death of George Floyd, racism.

Apart from the benefits lessons are bringing to the children, we are also proud to announce the small contribution we have been able to make to charity.

Whilst we are facing our own challenges, we strongly feel that it is important to share the burden and wanted to do something to help out and so we have donated over £400 from our online classes to the NHS and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to help support the incredible work their members are doing, in such difficult and scary circumstances, both locally and around the world.

We’d like to thank all of those who have been supporting us and in turn also them.

Remember, we have classes for preschoolers, primary and secondary school children and adults in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin, so

please e-mail: info@linguatastic.com to find out more.

Fiona Biermann