French pen pals visit Portsmouth school

St Swithuns Year 6 pupils with Year 6 French pupils from Rene Lemiere School in Caen
St Swithuns Year 6 pupils with Year 6 French pupils from Rene Lemiere School in Caen
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PEN PALS from France have paid a visit to meet their pen friends at a Southsea school.

Children at St Swithun’s Primary School welcomed 18 pupils from their partner school, René Lemière in Caen, for a day together visiting local attractions and getting to know each other.

The two schools were twinned in a project three years ago and have since set up opportunities for pupils in Years 5 and 6 since.

Pupils at both schools are assigned a pen friend who they meet in an exchange day in the summer term.

Last month, pupils from St Swithun’s visited Caen’s attractions, including its castle, abbeys and market.

students from Caen visited the D-Day Museum and the Historic Dockyard. They finished with a fish and chip supper.

French teacher from the Southsea school, Sarah Adie, said: ‘It was fantastic. The language skills they were using in the classroom had a purpose.

‘They were a little bit shy but they used their language from the classroom and they seemed to manage by themselves.

‘They all loved it. This is the third year of having the exchange trip. We hope it will continue next year.’