Les EscarGROVEs is a Cultural Club started in September 2015
which meets after school every Thursday.
It has been created as a fun way
for pupils to learn more about other cultures.
So far this year, club members have been learning French by singing songs, saying rhymes, miming and doing playground games such as "Le Chat", "choco-choco-la-la" or "Le Fermier n'est pas passé". There are also plans for the Escargroves to cook some foreign food in the future.
All the children, parents and staff who attend the club have got a keen interest in foreign languages and cultures. Mrs Graham is keen to see how young children react to learning a foreign language. Mme Godet and Mme Garnier are looking forward to teaching some German songs and stories. Mr Fisher has even promised to come and visit with his guitar to teach some Spanish songs.
The children themselves are eager to share aspects of their own culture. Stephanie is keen for her peers to learn more about her Polish roots whilst Aya brought her dad to the club this week. He speaks 5 languages among them English, French, Arabic and Italian. He grew up near the French Alps and it said that joining in our games and singing some French and Arabic songs brought back fond memories of his childhood. It was a real pleasure to welcome such an enthusiastic and prolific linguist to the EscarGROVEs and we hope that he visits again in the future.
We are very fortunate to have at Grove a range of parents, children and staff who have links to foreign lands such as Portugal, France, Turkey, Poland and even Honduras. Wouldn't it be great if they were to visit the club to a part of their culture with us!
VISIT FROM AYA'S DAD
Click below to see some photographs as well as audio and video recordings from our first visitor to the club.
Un kilomètre à pied
Ça use, ça use,
Un kilomètre à pied
Ça use les souliers
Mais ça n’use pas la langue, la langue,
Mais ça n’use pas la langue des enfants
Do you want to try to sing in Arabic?
LAH NOOS SAH MAY
EE AZ LAH ROON, ROON, ROON, ROON
YAH ROW-L DAH TEE
MAR HAR YAH RAH, RAH, RAH, RAH