Japanese lessons for South Holland primary schools group

Karyn Wiles, pupil Eisha Goodchild and Yuka Parr.
Karyn Wiles, pupil Eisha Goodchild and Yuka Parr.
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The Griffin Federation of Schools has secured a grant to have the Japanese language, culture and history taught in lessons and clubs.

Karyn Wiles, head teacher of Westmere in Sutton Bridge, Gedney Drove End and Holbeach St Marks Primary Schools, worked closely with the Japan Foundation to introduce Japanese into her schools after an educational week in Japan last year.

Yuka Parr was chosen by Samantha Grant, business development manager of SGMS (Spalding Grammar Managed Services), as a suitable teacher “who the children simply adore”.

Samantha said: “I listened to the ‘welcome song’ that the children sang and watched as they began their lesson about ‘The Star Festival’.

“The children were enthralled. I can see why Miss Wiles thinks this is a fantastic way for children to cover so many topics such as geography, history, art, music and the language.”

She added: “I am hopeful that SGMS will be able to assist other schools with similar programmes and am keen to discuss future ideas schools may have for Japanese or other such projects.”