French twist to Games

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PUPILS have started the Olympics early but have created a twist on the iconic games – by speaking French the whole day.

Youngsters at Ash Grove J&I School combined sports with their love of learning language.

The energetic school all took part in games such as 100m run, javelin, and hurdles, but all race instructions were spoken in French. And when they got back into the classroom between events, they also carried on speaking in the foreign language.

Headteacher Julie Davis said: “This was a fun way for children to learn the language while taking part in sporting activities.”

Youngsters were split into four teams to compete, each representing a different country.

They flew the flag for the United Kingdom, China, France and Spain. The whole school of around 250 children took part in the fun day.

To carry on the French theme, they also enjoyed a lunch based on the European cuisine.

Mrs Davies said learning about the Olympics as well as other countries and their languages was very important and all the children really enjoyed it.