It was fantastic to see the whole school dressed in the colours of the Italian flag or in fancy dress on our Italian Day. In true Widford fashion, some teachers enjoyed an
opportunity to wear fancy dress, including our very own Mario & Luigi duo and a couple of pizzas walking around school for the day!

Thank you to Year 6, who delivered an assembly about Italy to the whole school. Madame
Beardsworth was impressed with the effort that the children put into learning their lines and they performed with great enthusiasm. This was very admirable after what has been an extremely busy month for many of our Year 6
children and the fact that they had not even been able to rehearse on the stage before the day. Well done, 6H  – you are true professionals – even the heavy downpour of rain did not deter you! A special mention must also go to Alex Murphy in Year 5 who wowed everyone by speaking Italian and reading The Lord’s Prayer in Italian in front of the whole school.

Rupert, Cheryl and all of our dedicated kitchen team served us a very filling Italian lunch – cannelloni and garlic bread, followed by a delicious chocolate Tiramisu.

As well as promoting the enjoyment and importance of learning Modern Foreign Languages, the Italian Day
enabled the children to make cross-curricular links in many other areas such as music, geography, history, Art and maths. I have
received lots of entries to the Italian Quiz – all children who have taken part will earn class points (Y2) or stars for their house (Prep School) and the winners will be announced next week.

The children have enjoyed learning some basic Italian vocabulary and songs in their MFL lessons this week. A Linguascope evening for children in the Prep School, as an alternative to normal homework, seemed a popular idea so I hope that your child managed to log on at home and enjoyed learning in this interactive way. We are considering incorporating a regular
Linguascope Night / Linguascope Week every term so your feedback and views on this idea would be welcome. In the meantime, remember that the children can log on to Linguascope at any time at home to improve their language skills, so please encourage them to do so.

If any children have been particularly inspired by our Italian Day, you may be pleased to know that there are still spaces available in our new Italian club, run by Lingotots on a Friday morning before school. Please contact the School Office if you are interested.