Bury St Edmunds school leads the way in language learning

Aude Wallace, languages co-ordinator, with pupils Lucia Harding, Molly Murphy, Oliwia Michaelwicz, Adam OFlynn, Max Jadczak and William Reid; Urszula Szczech, teaching assistant of English as an additional language, and head of school Kate Copeman. 
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160803-193456009
Aude Wallace, languages co-ordinator, with pupils Lucia Harding, Molly Murphy, Oliwia Michaelwicz, Adam OFlynn, Max Jadczak and William Reid; Urszula Szczech, teaching assistant of English as an additional language, and head of school Kate Copeman. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160803-193456009
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A Bury St Edmunds school is leading the way in language learning after scooping a top accolade.

St Edmund’s Catholic Primary, in Westgate Street, is the first primary school in Suffolk to win the Silver Linguamarque award.

It recognises efforts to broaden language learning and embed other cultures into the school’s daily routine.

Aude Wallace, languages co-ordinator at the school, said: “I teach French to all 180 Key Stage 2 children but now French isn’t just a 50 minute session a week.

“All teachers work together to bring other cultures and languages into a typical school day, encouraging children to be open minded and aware there is more than one way to do things.”

“With a significant number of St Edmund’s children having English as an additional language, the pupils themselves can contribute to all sorts of extras - afternoon registers in a different language, European Languages Day, Other Cultures Week and art or geography projects based on European trends.”

French lessons also feature cross curricular elements such as maths, grammar, music and RE.

Mrs Wallace has worked with Dr Marina Dixon, School’s Choice languages adviser, to achieve the silver level and is now aiming for gold.

She said: “What thrills me the most is when children for whom English is not their first language and find other areas of the curriculum more challenging, really shine in my class. It really boosts their confidence.”

Maria Kemble, head at St Edmund’s, added: “It’s really motivating for all staff to see how working together can help increase the level of learning across the school.”

“The Linguamarque programme really fits well with our ethos of learning together in God’s love. Children who are motivated, confident, happy and ambitious will achieve much more.”