Author Archives: Sally-Jayne

Hanukkah

Hanukkah is sometimes also written as Chanukkah, and both spellings are equally acceptable. This is because the word is actually pronounced with a soft ch sound, like in the Scottish word loch which is a sound that doesn’t exist in … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Religious Education | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Who is Ded Moroz?

Ded Moroz, or Grandfather Frost to give him the English version of his name, is the Eastern European version of Santa. He lives in the north east of Russia in a town called Veliky Ustyog and he delivers the presents … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Languages | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

What is Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday in both USA and Canada, with the US celebration falling on the fourth Thursday in November and the Canadian one on the second Monday in November. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the Pilgrims … Continue reading

Posted in Culture | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

10 differences between French and British schools – Real life – Complete France

I found this recently which looks really useful for teaching some of the cultural aspects of MFL. Children always enjoy learning about what school is like in other countries. 10 differences between French and British schools – Real life – … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Languages | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

J is for Japanese

Like Basque, Japanese is known as a language isolate, which means that it does not belong to a language family. There have been attempts by linguists to link it to other languages, such as Korean, but there are not enough … Continue reading

Posted in A-Z of Languages, Languages | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

I is for Invented Languages

This post was written by my lovely husband, Ian Braisby – Blue Badge Guide. I hope everyone finds this as interesting to read as I did. The latest figures suggest that there are 6909 languages in the world, and many … Continue reading

Posted in A-Z of Languages, Languages | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Diwali (Sikh festival)

The Sikh festival of Diwali is celebrated at the same time of year of the Hindu one, but they celebrate very different events.. For Sikhs, Diwali is a celebration of the release from prison of Guru Hargobind, the 6th Guru. … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Religious Education | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment