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Primary Bee

Tuesday, 26 September, 2023 - 08:00 to Friday, 26 July, 2024 - 17:00
Event Type: 
East of England


Following the National Final for the Routes into Languages MFL Primary Bee 2023, we're delighted to announce the following winners:

1st S F R Hounslow Heath Junior School
2nd A T Hampton Prep School
3rd M S Crosfields School
4th D F Hampton Prep School
1st Z S Gladstone Primary Academy
2nd M S Solihull School
3rd M M Gladstone Primary Academy
4th O T Felsted Prep School


Huge congratulations to them and all concerned in their success!

The competition continues and the 2024 quest for winners launches officially on the European Day of Languages (26th September 2023) and registration is open (see below for link)

The Primary Bee is for students in Years 5 & 6 who have started learning a foreign language ab initio in KS2 to practise and improve their vocabulary, pronunciation and memory skills in the target language (French, Spanish and German)

Words and phrases have been selected according to the work of NCELP (National Centre for Excellence in Language Pedagogy) which highlights the importance of word frequency in informing vocabulary learning, particularly during the early stages of language development. The list includes many high-frequency words (e.g., some numbers, some colours, some verbs, days of the week, question words and a number of common verbs to help early learners to acquire a robust knowledge of verb vocabulary. 

The cost is £25 for state schools and £50 for non-state schools. Please use this link to pay for your school's entry fee before registering for this year's competition

Then register here and you will receive the Primary Bee Teacher's Pack, with the word lists and all the info needed to run the Primary Bee in your school.

Please note that refunds will not be possible - it is the school's responsibility to ensure that having registered the school participates in the competition.

Add your Stage 1 winners to the form by clicking here 

Add your Stage 2 winners to the form by clicking here