Bastille Day!

A group of primary school pupils who have been learning journalism skills have been out and about reporting on their school’s celebration of Bastille Day.

The Year 4 and 5 pupils from Bourne Westfield Primary Academy have been working with The Young Journalist Academy since the start of the year to get trained up in all areas of broadcast journalism.

The academy, now in its sixth year, has worked with more than 6,500 children and young people in more than 60 schools across the United Kingdom.

The pupils have been learning how to find news, write articles, improve interview techniques and use and audio editing skills to produce their own radio shows for YJA Radio, an internet radio station created to broadcast young people’s content.

Here is the news report by the Bourne Westfield Young Journalists:

“The children of Bourne Westfield Primary Academy had a great day on Friday, celebrating Bastille Day and learning all about French life through a practical day of French-themed fun.

The Bastille celebrations began with the children experiencing a traditional French breakfast, consisting of brioches, pains au chocolat, French toast, croissants, baguettes and juice.

By mid-morning, everyone had very full stomachs and could tell you what they had for breakfast in French.

Mrs Radley, our headteacher, said: “Everybody has enjoyed learning about French culture. As a school we are going to explore ways in which we can get in touch with our twin town of Doudeville in northern France near the English Channel.”

In assembly, we learnt about Bastille Day which is actually on July 14.

The Bastille was a prison in France, housing prisoners who dared to speak up because they didn’t have enough food. One night, the poor people broke out in a rage and attacked the Bastille tower. They wrecked the prison. They eventually took over France and put the King and Queen in jail.

Later they chopped their heads off as well as those of some rich people, using the famous guillotine.

The children participated in many French themed activities throughout the day, from baking to constructing Eiffel towers, everyone got involved.

A favourite was reading a French recipe about how to make crêpes.

“Making them was very exciting and sprinkling sugar on top was just perfect” said one year 5 child.

Others enjoyed dancing, games, songs, using pointillism to make the flag and using their observation skills to draw the Eiffel Tower.

Mrs Rudge, our MFL teacher, said: “I think that this has been a great day for the children to learn about the culture and history of another country.”