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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
Curriculum Leader for MFL