MFL Immersion Projects allow the opportunity for shared cultural experiences and appreciation of diversity. Upton School are proud to link with Broadstairs English Centre (BEC), who are ranked inside the top 2% of all accredited English Centres by the British Council, to engage with this venture.
An immersion project involves groups of foreign primary-aged children coming to the school and taking part in lessons with our own pupils. Each visitor is assigned two Upton 'buddies' whose job is it to ensure that they know where to go and what to do. This is an excellent opportunity for our pupils to experience the qualities of leadership, responsibility and of course our Core Value of Friendship.
During the visit, the foreign students share their culture and language with us and our pupils reciprocate. Across the last 12 months we have welcomed visitors from the Dino Elementary School of Prague, in the Czech Republic, for a one week visit and also 30 Chinese pupils from a school in Beijing who were with us for a full four weeks!
Upton is home to children who speak many differing languages. Our core MFL is Mandarin, but we also have a Language of the Term that children engage with, linked to the languages our children speak, and Year 6 have French pen-pals who they meet either in France or England in alternate years.