Schoolchildren are practising their language skills and warming up their vocal cords as they get ready to compete in Barnet’s very own Eurovision Song Contest.

Approximately 600 children are hoping to win a spot in the finals which will take place on Wednesday March 20.

Preparing for their spot in the limelight six schools visited Deansbrook Junior School where they took it in turns to rehearse their songs.

Among the young stars were Deansbrook Juniors who performed a song in Spanish.

Languages teacher Caroline Goodman said: “They have been rehearsing several times a week during their break times and lunch times.

“We’ve also tried to enhance our song with instruments – some of the children are playing the piano, maracas, castanets and the flute.

“They’re really excited – this is a fun way to help improve their language skills.”

The contest was launched last year to promote language skills in primary schools.

Other schools taking part include Colindale Primary, The Orion, Mathilda Marks Kennedy, Broadfields and Blessed Dominic.