Modern Foreign Languages News – Autumn Term 2022

What a busy first term it has been here in the MFL department!  As the term draws to a close, I would like to thank all of our students for working so hard in their French and German lessons and giving their all.

Year 7 have worked on learning how to introduce themselves.  Year 8 Germanists have learned how to describe their past holidays and learned our new favourite word ‘Kakerlaken’.  Year 8 French students have learned how to introduce themselves, give personal information and opinions and Year 9 pupils have also been working hard and have produced some lovely letters and cards to send over to France and Germany.

A huge well done to Year 11 for working through a really busy term and their mock exams.  They are pushing towards their goals next year and taking on the new challenges as they prepare for the mock speaking exams in January.  A big cheer for our Year 10 students embarking on their first term of GCSE French and German and producing some outstanding results in their recent Module 1 assessments, alongside a brilliant attitude.  Well done all!

Frau Gill

Berlin Wall and German Reunification

As part of our cultural enrichment this term, our language students have learned all about the Berlin Wall, it’s fall and subsequent reunification of Germany. To coincide with the public celebrations in Germany, we created our very own Berlin Wall in Mrs Gill’s room (room 26).   It takes pride of place there and I think you’ll agree that it looks amazing!

Christmas Card Competition Launch

Our annual MFL Christmas card competition has been launched with full gusto! Students have been invited to create a Christmas card in either French, German or any other language that they know or speak. We have already received some outstanding entries. These will be judged, and prizes will be delivered to the winners and runners-up in each year group during the last week of term. Best of luck to all entrants!

Year 7 First Term in German

Mrs Gill’s class have been busy this half term learning all about pets and animals and learning how to describe them in German.  We have spent one lesson per week on the computers using Quizlet and Blooket to practise all of our vocabulary.  7Ge1 wrote some information about their German lessons so far to share with everyone:

Haalah N

In German, we have been learning how to talk about ourselves, such as our age, name, etc. 

On Tuesdays, we play games; which everyone loves and is our favorite day in the week!  Frau Gill makes learning German so easy and fun and we learn lots. 

Hannah B

German is fun at PGHS. We play games and bingo, yet we are memorising the words and meanings. We have done an assessment recently and everyone has done well. The topics we were studying were greetings, our belongings, how to describe ourselves and other people and how to form a simple conversation. Our current topic is animals, pets and family. We are in a German room for one day of the week and are in a computing room for the other day.  We use the computers to do things like Quizlet and Blooket, which makes us think on the spot and learn the words in an exciting way. We also made a German to English poster to send to German school children. 

Bella N

I’ve really enjoyed German and I think it has helped me feel more confident in speaking different languages. I feel I have been supported and pushed to the best of my ability but I don’t feel under pressure to speak if I don’t want to. I also feel there are lots of good websites and apps that we use that have helped and I can’t wait to carry on learning German.

Nikolaustag

This Tuesday, 6th December marks der Nikolaustag for many families across German speaking countries. On the eve of Nikolaustag, children of all ages leave a special boot outside their front door in the hopes that, if they’ve been good enough, Nikolaus will fill it with all kinds of sweet treats and toys.
Here is a video that our KS3 classes will be watching this week, explaining all about the traditional story of Nikolaustag: 

https://kinder.wdr.de/tv/die-sendung-mit-der-maus/av/video-lachgeschichte-nikolaus-100.html

Mrs Gill

Curriculum Leader for MFL

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Japanese Lesson

7G1 have been lucky enough to enjoy their first ever Japanese lesson this week with our trainee teacher Miss Parnell.  7G1 were taught basic introductions, learning how to say hello, how are you and say how they are. They also learnt lots about the Japanese culture.   It was a brilliant lesson that the pupils really enjoyed and they were able to find out so much more information about Japan.

Frau Gill

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German Film Club

All students have had the chance to enjoy some wonderful German films this half term and it has been particularly popular with Year 7 and 8 who have enjoyed watching Ostwind 1 and 2.  They are a series of films based around a young girl who has struggled at school. Her relationship with her parents is difficult so she is sent away to stay with her grandma on a farm and she strikes up a wonderful friendship with a horse.  The films follow the trials and tribulations of life. We will be starting our Christmas film this next week so come along and enjoy the film with some popcorn.

Frau Gill

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Christmas Cards to German Penfriends

Year 9 with Mrs Gill have been busy this half term writing our letters and Christmas cards to send to our partner school, Sickingen Gymnasium in Landstuhl, Germany.  Our class wrote about our role models in German and why they inspire us. We also wrote a small section in German about our holidays that we have coming up, and we asked some English questions about life in Germany over the festive period to find out more information about what our German friends do to celebrate.  We have sent those off and eagerly await their replies.

Frau Gill

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Literature and Languages Festival

Our Literature and Languages Festival took place from 10th October to the 21st October. A variety of activities, competitions and events took place and it was a huge success. Please click the link below to view the newsletter articles about the festival.

MFL Department News

Willkommen/Bienvenue to our first newsletter article of 2022/2023 and what a busy half term it has been for our French and German linguists.  We kicked off the year with some wonderful events and activities to celebrate the European Day of Languages on Monday 26th September.  This is a day where everyone in Europe celebrates all the languages spoken across the world.  We held an assembly for all our year groups to explain how far languages can take us and why they are so important.  We had some wonderful examples of different languages with 7 of our students reading out the 6 school values in French (Charlotte B), German (Elijah K), Spanish (Ieeman SM), Afrikaans (Zaakirah M), Hungarian (Jennifer K), Polish (Agata K) and in Arabic (Hanya A).  We also heard a lovely poem from Saskia H, Vidhya P and Zara H to recognise how at first languages can seem tricky but with resilience and practice they open so many doors for us.

The European Day of Language is a day to celebrate all the languages that we can learn. This year we celebrated by greeting our students in a new language and students were able to greet their teacher back in a different language.  There were lots of ‘Moy Moy’ (Finnish), Buenos días (Spanish) and Ahój (Czech) across the school and students also practised these in their MFL lessons.  The school staff also wore a badge to represent a country and students were tasked with finding out which country they represented and why.  A huge well done to our winners, Lily H, Courtney F and Sophia W who managed to find over 20 staff members who were representing a country.  Lily managed a whopping 52!  A huge well done to these girls.  

We also had a languages form quiz where forms competed against each other in questions based on different languages and countries.  The results will be announced next week and there will be a winner in each year group.  Watch this space! 

To celebrate the European Day of Languages 2022, KS3 have produced some amazing posters which have been entered into our competition. Years 7, 8 and 9 were challenged to choose a country and produce a poster detailing the culture and language of that country. We were inundated with entries to our poster competition and I have genuinely never seen such a high quality of entries in all my years of teaching. Deciding on winners was almost impossible!  We have loved hearing everyone’s reasons for choosing their country. Some chose a country with a personal connection, some chose a country they been lucky enough to visit on holiday and others chose countries whose food or culture interests them. There has been some incredible work produced. Here are some of our shortlisted entries and our winners will be announced next week. Well done and good luck!    A huge thank you to everyone that entered, the standard was very high.  All the work is currently on display in Mrs Gill’s room (room 26). 

Next week marks the start of our two week Language and Literature Festival and we have a huge amount of exciting activities planned for this fortnight in the languages department.  Year 7s will get the chance to start our Year 7 Spelling Bee competition, which is a national competition that takes places during the year and aims to find the best German spelling bees in the country.  Last year we reached the national final at Cambridge University.  We have some amazing linguists this year. I am sure they will enjoy getting involved in our lunchtime club to practise for the regional competition to see how many German words they can spell in a minute. Could you be the next Spelling Bee Champion to take on our local high schools?  We will also be launching our bake off within the MFL department for all year groups.  Can you produce the best language-based cake for our competition?  We will also begin the process of writing letters to our French and German partner schools which I am really looking forward to.  How exciting it will be to get to know our French and German students in our partner schools! 

Our French and German film clubs have also launched this week and gives you the chance to come along and enjoy a German or French film in our language department.  This week we showed ‘Ostwind’ in German and ‘les incroyables’ in French and these will show for the next two weeks.  After half term we will have a new film before we start on our Christmas French and German films.  Come along and enjoy our films and some popcorn with your friends! 

Mrs Gill

Curriculum Leader for Modern Foreign Languages

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Modern Foreign Languages – Summer Term News

German Spelling Bee

What an exciting term for our German spelling bees!

Our two regional final winners, Poppy and Zoha, went to the Sedgewick Site at Cambridge University on Monday 27th June to compete in the national final of the ‘Routes into Languages’ German spelling bee.

The day was broken down into two halves. In the morning, they competed in the semi-final. Each student had one minute to translate and then spell as many words as they could using the German alphabet. Both girls did so well and made their families and all of us at PGHS, super proud!

We then had a nervous wait for the grand final.  It’s possible that Miss Gelder was the most nervous of all! The grand final then followed the same routine as the semi-final.

Unfortunately, we did not make it into the final four but by Miss Gelder’s count, it was extremely close.

Both girls should be proud of themselves for making it to the final. Out of nearly 20,000 official entrants, our girls finished in the top 29 in the country – an incredible achievement!

Miss Gelder has been truly blown away with the effort and commitment of all competitors. You have been truly amazing and made everyone so proud. We cannot wait to get started with the year 8 Translation Bee in September.  Watch this space!

German Penfriend letters

We have had a really successful year with our German partner school, Sickingen Gymnasium by exchanging letters and video calls with them this year. Mrs Gill’s year 8 German class have received some fantastic letters from our friends in Landstuhl and we have returned some amazing letters, telling our friends about our Easter holidays and what we plan to do in the summer holidays.  This has not only helped to improve our German but also enabled us to find out interesting information about our German friends, their town and their culture.  We look forward to continuing this partnership in 2022/2023.

French- Penfriend letters

Year 8 have been very excited to receive replies to our penpal letters from France. They wrote to us about their school and their timetable, and we have been shocked by the length of their school day, from 8.00am till 4.40 pm! However, we are still a little envious about their longer summer holidays and Wednesday afternoons…

Year 9 received lovely letters from their penpals and some students even sent friendship bracelets. Classes have enjoyed receiving and sending letters this year. This has helped them develop the PGHS core values of empathy and curiosity.

French – Y8 Roleplay Practice

Every year, around 60 students have the opportunity to start learning French in year 8 as an additional foreign language alongside studying German. Year 8 have worked really hard this year and made huge progress in a short amount of time. I am super proud of them. Bravo! Madame Raine ☺

In French, this term, we have been learning to read, write and speak all about different sports and hobbies. We have been covering everything from horse riding to football and then discussing our opinions on them in French. We have also been learning to describe the weather – il pleut beaucoup! We’ve been improving our pronunciation and working on our understanding of masculine and feminine words. I thoroughly enjoy French as it is always a fun and lively class. I love learning about its culture and the day-to-day life of children in France. We all have French penpals that we write to every term – mine is called Naim. Rosie Y  

Students have been learning how to form questions in French. They practised their questioning skills to interview celebrities. You may recognise familiar faces…

French – 8p Boules Practice

As part of the Festival of Performance and Arts, 8p have been practising their “Boules” skills.   8p had a good time, but I feel some students may need to work on their techniques!!!

Märchen.  The Brothers Grimm.  Year 9

We all know and love the stories of Little Red Riding Hood (Rotkäppchen) and Cinderella (Aschenputtel).  These stories were originally German folk tales, which were collected and adapted by the Brothers Grimm.

In year 9, we have been making storyboards based on fairy tales or stories which we enjoyed when we were younger.

There is a great deal of linguistic skill involved in writing a story in German. German books are written in the imperfect tense and it is important to master this tense, if we are to read for pleasure in German.  We have also tried to keep to the Grimm Brothers’ distinctive style of presentation.

We hope you can work out what the stories are about and that you enjoy Year 9s German versions of some well-loved classics.

Masks. Year 8

For our final module in Year 8 German, we have been exploring different festivals in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.  I can certainly say that we have been working hard with the PGHS Core Value of curiosity.  

Our studies have taken us from onion festivals in Switzerland to music festivals in Austria, finger wrestling in Bavaria to the World Beard Championships in Hesse.

The festival which caught our imaginations the most, was Fasnacht or Fasching (depending on which part of Germany you live in).  It is an opportunity to drive out ‘evil spirits’ with scary masks, costumes, processions and loud music.

Here are some of the masks we made.  Can you work out if your daughter is hiding behind a mask?

Mrs Gill

Curriculum Leader for Modern Foreign Languages

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Stars of the Term

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Year 11 Exams

The French and German department have been busy this last half term preparing our Year 11 students for their final listening and reading exams and we have looked ahead to our writing exams after the half term holiday. All our language students also completed their speaking exam at the end of April.  What a fantastic effort they all made and the standard was fantastic in both foundation and higher!  I am extremely proud of all our students who stepped up to this challenge and gave it their best shot.  By the sounds of it though, there will be a lot of students playing football at the park with their friends this weekend, so beware if you are heading out!

Mrs Gill

Curriculum Leader for MFL

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  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • SMART
  • UNICEF
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider