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Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility

Primary Bee Registration

Sunday, 26 September, 2021 - 08:00 to Wednesday, 20 July, 2022 - 17:00
Event Type: 
East of England


Following the successful pilot for the Routes into Languages MFL Primary Bee, we're delighted to include the Primary Bee within the 2021/22 activities.

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. 

We are delighted to enjoy the generous sponsorship of Vocab Express, who are hosting the Primary Bee website, and offering competitors’ schools free access to their online vocabulary learning platform for the duration of the Primary Bee, for the words included in the competition. Students will therefore be able to practise translating the competition words through the site’s interactive learning mechanism both from school and at home. They will also be able to perfect their listening skills, using the site’s ever-growing database of audio files. The national winner’s school in each language will also be awarded a free subscription to Vocab Express for 2021/22.


The cost will be £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

You will then 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