meet the participating primary schools
Since its launch in the 2010/11 school year, over 30 primary schools across London and the South East have taken part in the Translation Nation project with close to 50 languages represented by children and parents. Pupils in Years 5 and 6 had the opportunity to work intensively with a language expert across a three full day workshop period and to explore literature in translation and their own diverse community languages.
At each school KS2 pupils were introduced to literary translation through world literature and music. Parents and family members were invited to share stories and poems in their home languages by visiting the school or through sharing their tale with their child and the child recounting it to their class. Children then worked in groups, each including at least one native English speaker, to produce creative English translations of the stories and present them to an audience of pupils and parents on the final day. One story was chosen as the favourite translation and recorded for the Translation Nation website.
By celebrating the diversity of languages spoken in UK primary schools, Translation Nation enables the children to gain an insight into other cultures and to take pride in their own language and heritage. The project also serves to improve the creative writing and language skills of all participants, and especially boost the confidence of EAL pupils.
Through an INSET workshop teachers are encouraged to take an active part in the project’s delivery and continue to use the creative techniques and exercises with their classes after its end. In this way the Translation Nation legacy continues to grow across the country.
Click here to find out more about each primary school’s Translation Nation experience.