On Tuesday we connected with our friends in Paris again for the first time this session.  We have written a few letters to each of our partners, and now we got to meet them and introduce ourselves briefly.

It went well and we have a few more to finish next week.  Ailsa’s pen friend was very thoughtful, noting that t was Ailsa’s birthday on Tuesday, the whole class French sang Happy Birthday to her in English. It was a wonderful surprise, unfortunately we only caught the last part on our movie clip.

Yesterday we received postcards and letters from our partners, as they have just returned from a school visit to Normandy.  Again this was exciting for us and we will work on our replies over the coming days.

 

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Last year we had a visit from our friends in #Paris, who visited #Scotland for a week.

One of their pupils had such a good time here she was keen to return, and last week Elena came back with her sister Virginie and dad Pierre.

They toured the school, met pupils and Elena renewed friendships, while Virginie formed new friendships.

It was really nice to see them, and very pleasing that the class found their visit to Ednam and Scotland so enjoyable that one of them wanted to return with their family.

Vive l’Ecosse, Vive La France!

Pierre, Virginie and Elena
Pierre, Virginie and Elena

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Last week we had a game of bingo with our friends in Paris.

The pupils in Paris called out the items in French and we listened and marked our cards if we had the item called.

We then called out the items in English for our friends to mark off.

The items called were all things we have learned so far, including, colours, sports, and weather, and is good practice in listening carefully at the accent and words/phrases used.

James was one of our lucky winners and you can see him calling out his winning card at the end.

Primary 4-7 play Bingo with our friends in Paris
Primary 4-7 play Bingo with our friends in Paris

 

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Today we began our day talking about Paris: and like the rest of Europe, at 11.00 am, we paused for a minute to think about the people of Paris caught up in the terrible horrors of Friday’s shooting, and also to think of our friends living nearby this awful event.

We have already received letters from our pen pals, and in the afternoon we had planned to have our first connection over Skype.  We had some technical difficulties, but when we got going everyone managed to introduce themselves to each other.

Primary 4-7 pupils were excited to see the partners that they have received letters from, and are currently writing replies for them.

Next week we will begin our pairs work, where two pupils from each school ask questions and answer in the learned language.

Here are some of our pupils introducing themselves for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Primary 4-7 have received letters from our partners in Paris, and they are from new pupils.  The pupils that visited earlier this year are now in High School. The letters are all written in French and we have started to translate them.  First we were able to identify words and phrases that we knew and… Continue reading

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On their last day our guests from Paris joined us and other primary schools in the Borders for some Scottish Country Dancing, where they did very well.  

Each dance was explained to everyone and the French pupils mixed and danced well considering they were new to it all.

Scottish Country Dancing with schools from around the Borders.
Scottish Country Dancing with schools from around the Borders.

 

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A Ceilidh was held on the Thursday evening to give our guests from France a taste of Scottish music and dance.  The pupils from France already knew some dances as they have learned Scottish dances and songs when in Paris.

Everyone tried a few dances and everyone enjoyed the fun evening.

Ceilidh with Parents Pupils and French Pupils
Ceilidh with Parents Pupils and French Pupils

 

 

 

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During Thursday of their visit the weather was hot and sunny and pupils from Paris and Ednam worked in mixed teams in short and longer distance races, shot putt, javelin and standing triple jump.

Some unusual techniques were on display in some events, and everyone had an enjoyable afternoon, which ended with a football match.

 

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Ready for the 80 metres!

 

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