Our Year 6 pupils have been getting excited to discover who their new French pen pal will be. Gateway Year 6 pupils are all being matched up with a pen pal from one of two French schools in the towns of Aubenas and Vallon in the Ardèche region. They have all prepared a first letter in French to introduce themselves to their pen pal and are just about to send them off. They have written about family members, pets, and listed some of their main hobbies or interests. Many of them could be matched up with someone with a similar interest. They will be writing and hopefully receiving a letter each term (as well as Christmas and Easter cards). Of course, they will be practising their French language skills in a genuine context, while the French pupils will have a chance to practise some of their English skills. Later in the year, we hope to exchange a short, recorded video clip message with our French friends so that we can see them ‘for real’.