On Monday, we were delighted to host the regional semi-finals for the uTalk Junior Language Challenge at Richmond House School for the second year running.

This year, the children learnt Spanish for Stage 1 of the competition which took place earlier in the year, and 6 of our Year 6 pupils achieved the points required to qualify for the semi-finals. Andile, Ethan, Zach, James J, Michaella and Noah then spent their summer holidays learning Khmer – the official language of Cambodia, in preparation for the next round.

The semi-finals are a live competition format and our pupils faced very tough competition against 20 other Yorkshire semi-finalists from 3 schools across Yorkshire. After 2 tense rounds of language games Michaella, Noah and James J were doing brilliantly and made it through to the last round. Michaella narrowly missed out on making it through to the final in London and finished in a very respectable 5th place. We were very proud of all of our pupils for working so hard to learn the new languages independently.

The Junior Language Challenge is the only national language competition in the UK open to primary school age children. Run by language learning company uTalk, it aims to introduce children to new languages and make learning fun.