Students flying high at Spanish-themed RAF Cosford trip

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Languages students are flying high after putting their Spanish skills to the test to succeed in a series of team challenges.

A group of Year 9 students travelled to RAF Cosford for the Flying High in Languages Day.

As part of the event, the team had to design a model parachute, planning and budgeting the materials for their creation in Spanish.

Mrs A Darby, Highfields’ Head of Modern Foreign Languages, said: “The parachute had to be strong enough to carry a hard boiled egg and the groups all launched their parachutes at the end of the day.

“The Highfields parachute was fantastic and the egg remained in place.

“The students had to present in Spanish how they decided on the materials to use, and their thinking behind their design. Their presentation was most impressive and they spoke with confidence.”

The talented team also completed a survival task, which saw them listing 10 items in Spanish that they would take to a desert island and the reasons why, whilst their excellent teamwork skills saw them take first place in a code-breaking task.

As part of the day, which was attended by 15 schools, students also enjoyed talks and presentations by RAF staff about how languages are used in their working lives.

Mrs Darby added: “The students were a credit to the school. They were commended for their excellent team work, with student Callum McIntosh given a special mention. They also won the code-breaking task and were called up to the stage to collect a prize.

“All in all, it was a great day.

“The RAF are happy to come and talk to students in school and we hope to invite them into school early in the Spring Term ahead of Y8/Y9 options.”

Posted on July 16, 2019 .