Languages Day at Brookham
A Chinese proverb says, “ To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.” As a country, we are infamously monolingual. Now, more than ever, the importance of language learning is critical to our children’s future, not just in order to articulate, but to understand and appreciate other cultures, building mutual understanding and cooperation.
Brookham School played its part on Tuesday in a whole school celebration of the different nations which make up our world. Children dressed according to their chosen country and participated in various activities, from researching and creating their own fact booklets to cooking authentic chapattis. We were treated to an amazing array of international food by Nadine and the catering team over lunchtime. However, the highlight of the day was a visit by an international flamenco company, Mi Flamenco. We all experienced something of the innate power of the flamenco rhythm created by palmas (clapping), zapateado (fast, strong footwork) and a virtuoso guitarrista. Throughout the day, every single child from Nursery to Year 3 (and all the staff!) participated in workshops run by Ester and Uri of Mi Flamenco, finally putting together their own palmas and zapateado to shouts of Olé!