Pupils get a taste of Japan

PUBLISHED: 05:54 18 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:06 31 May 2010

From left, John Clark, Kate Roberts and Holly Topping - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

From left, John Clark, Kate Roberts and Holly Topping - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

A TEACHING assistant has been helping youngsters at Debden Primary School learn all about the Land of the Rising Sun. Judith Thompson is learning basic Japanese at the North West Essex Adult Community College as she prepares to visit a school to help teac

A TEACHING assistant has been helping youngsters at Debden Primary School learn all about the Land of the Rising Sun.

Judith Thompson is learning basic Japanese at the North West Essex Adult Community College as she prepares to visit a school to help teach English to the children in the Far East country later this year.

The weekly classes have been a big hit with the pupils, who have enjoyed learning about the Japanese school, which opened in April 2004 and has just 40 pupils.

And she has been showing off her new language skills to Year Five pupils.

Mrs Thompson said: "Simon Hull, a former Saffron

Walden County High School pupil, is currently spending a year in Fukuoka in Japan on a scholarship from Cambridge University, where he is helping to teach English at Linden Hall Elementary School.

"I'm learning the language at evening classes and the children have learnt some basic conversation and are practising their Hiragana characters with the help of interactive whiteboards and websites."

The two schools have formed a link thanks to Mrs Thompson's planned trip.

"So far the pupils at the two schools have exchanged letters and photographs and looked at each other's websites," she said.

"The Debden children have also had fun tasting traditional Miso soup."

The school hosted a student from Tokyo in 2001 through the Japanese Internship Programme.

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