Mother Tongue Day

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Mother tongue Day Friday 9th June

We will be celebrating the rich and diverse cultures we have within our St Edmund’s community again after half term when we hold our annual Mother Tongue Day on Friday 9th June. To start the day, we will have whole school worship at 9am in the hall to which you are all invited if you are free. During whole school worship I read an extract from the Bible and discuss its message and relevance to us. For Mother Tongue Day I would like to ask if any parents/ grandparents/ family friends who are free could read out parts of the Pentecost reading from the Acts of the Apostles in their own language so the children really appreciate the Pentecostal story.

As in previous years, I have asked children to volunteer to read a small prayer in their own language as part of the worship. So far I have had a few children volunteer for this. Please encourage your child to volunteer if they would like to. I will then need you to help your child translate the prayer I will give them into your language and let them practise reading it at home with you. Please check with your child whether they have spoken to me already if you would like them to be involved in this very special worship. We are hoping to have as many languages as possible represented. In the afternoon we are hoping many adults will be free to read stories to children in class in their own language and join us in the hall where we want to set up stalls representing different languages and countries from our school community. The class teachers will be sending out further details but if you feel you will be able to help in any way please do let us know.

Before the languages day each class will choose a country to find out about, and this may be a country that a child in that class comes from. The children will be able to come to school dressed in the colours of that country’s flag or the traditional costume of that country if they have it. If any parents are able to come in to classes on the languages day to share some information about a country or language then please speak to your child’s class teacher about a suitable time. In the past parents have talked about the country, brought food to try, taught some simple words or phrases or read a story in the target language.

As we all learn French at St Edmund’s, we will provide a French style drink and snack (probably croissants or pain au chocolat) for everyone during the morning- a bit of French culture to enjoy!

In the afternoon each class sets up a stall with activities for the other children and parents to try related to their particular country. There will be a rota with time allocations for classes so that everyone gets a chance to look around and join in. Parents are very welcome to attend, and you may choose to come in at the same time as your child’s class.

Information about which country each class is focusing on and timings for the class visits to the Hall is available below:

Class Country Flag colour
Nursery Poland Red and white
Reception Turkey Red and white
Class 1 Spain Red and yellow
Class 2 Belgium Black, red and yellow
Class 3 Japan White and red
Class 4K Italy Green, white and red
Class 4H Philippines and Poland Red, white, blue and yellow
Class 5 Ireland Green, white and orange
Class 6 Italy Green, white and red


Hall timings for Language Day stalls

Time Class Class
1.30-1.45 1 3
1.50-2.05 4H 5
2.10-2.25 4K 2
2.30-2.45 6


Reception class will go into the hall throughout the afternoon in small groups. If you would like to join your Reception class child in the hall, please let Mrs Demarchi and Mrs Semple know and we will arrange a time that suits you.

I’m sure we will all thoroughly enjoy our Mother Tongue Day again this year.

Mrs Delany-White