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Lesson in Spanish with Fred the dog

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A teacher's dog is inspiring pupils at Stansted's Magna Carta Primary Academy to learn - starting with Spanish lessons!

Fred the therapy dog is attending classes with his owner – Spanish teacher, Ann Clausen – as a way of enaging the children in learning.

The Year 1 students have been speaking to Fred in Spanish and have written him notes to introduce themselves.

Fred gets comfy for a Spanish lesson with Year 1 pupils (28845265)
Fred gets comfy for a Spanish lesson with Year 1 pupils (28845265)

The Jack Russell has had a calming influence on everyone. Headteacher Marios Solomonides said: “Year 1 have been learning about animals, so members of staff and

parents have been bringing their pets in to visit. We’ve had visits from a chicken, a cat and a dog.

“Their Spanish teacher has a therapy dog who goes into a dementia home to work with residents. We thought it would be a lovely way to encourage children in their lessons.

“Fred brought instant calm to the room; children and adults alike felt instantly calm with him around. He will be coming in regularly to act as a motivator to the children’s learning.”

* Pupils are running a Mile a Day with a weekly reward to the child runs the furthest.

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