translator: antonia lloyd-jones
Draper’s Mills County Primary School took part in Translation Nation in 2011.
Several parents joined the project on the second day to contribute wonderful stories in Russian, Chinese and Slovak, two of which were chosen by the Translation Nation hub teams to be translated into English. The third story selected was an original composition in Arabic by Year 6 student Salaheldin from Egypt, which went on to be chosen as the winning story. Four English students took part in the project acting as excellent language role models for their peers, providing guidance on spelling and sentence structure.
All the children rehearsed and performed their translated stories on the final day, to an audience of Year 5 students and parents, and even the less confident English speakers made excellent contributions. The performance of the winning translation was accompanied by illustrations and examples of Arabic text prepared by the hub group. The Deputy Head Teacher acted as a ‘judge’ and praised all the groups for their confidence and creativity before the audience cast their votes and named Buying A Tortoise as their favourite translation.
Translation Nation created a great opportunity for the children at Draper’s Mills to participate in a project that asked them to take pride in their home languages and to apply them in a creative and constructive way. The students especially embraced the chance to compare their languages, often becoming more aware of a shared heritage or learning something new about a culture they had never encountered before.