Modern Foreign Languages News

The MFL department have been busy finishing off all the displays and walls in our new classrooms in our Richard Pye Language Innovation Zone and I think you will agree they look fantastic!  The facility is dedicated to the memory of Mr Pye, a committed and much respected MFL teacher at Penwortham Girls’ High School from 2005 – 2019.  We are incredibly grateful for the donation that has given us the amazing opportunity to purchase our brand-new laptop and listening studio.  This is equipped with laptops and headsets which look amazing and is a great asset to our languages area.  It gives all of our students the opportunity to use the fantastic facilities that we have now and they will be able to access language specific software and websites in small groups to enhance their learning further in French and German.  We may even get chance to watch some German and French series in this area too, as well as accessing Quizlet, Blooket, Active Learn and other language websites. 

A huge well done to our Year 11s this term for their hard work in getting all their speaking work ready for the second week back after the Easter holidays when we have our final speaking exams.  They have worked hard in their preparation for this.  Year 7 have been busy in German learning about pets and families and are now learning about free time and sports.  Year 8 are just embarking on a wonderful journey learning all about German food.  We have even been tasting some German Brezls and we had a Brezl competition.  Here are some of our entries:

Year 9 have been learning about German music, bands and festivals and we even sampled some German music such as Rammstein, Helene Fischer and Namika, who was the most popular (we really liked ‘Ein Gummibär’).  Year 10 have been busy learning about free time activities and festivals in Germany and have found out about how much our German friends like to party!

Year 8 French have been busy learning all about life in a French school and Year 9 French have been learning about French towns and what there is to do there.

Mrs Gill

Curriculum Leader for MFL

German Spelling Bee

Our German Spelling Bees have been practising their latest set of vocabulary in preparation for stage three, the regional final! This would normally take place in Manchester but due to current situations, we are recording our entries and sending them in for judging. They will have one minute to translate and then spell as many words into German as they can. We have been making use of the iPads to practise vocabulary on Quizlet and have been racing each other (and Miss Gelder) in spelling different words. They have been working so hard and are making all of us proud. We are keeping our fingers crossed!

Miss Gelder

Penpals German

Our ongoing projects are going from strength to strength with our partner schools in Landstuhl in Germany and Lille in France.  At Christmas, 8G had a zoom call with Frau Woesner’s class and we have continued with our letters to Germany and France.  We have just received some letters back and are very excited to write some more and send them some Easter cards and let them know what we have been doing this term.  We hope to have another video call in the next term with them to see how they all are.  

Mrs Gill

Film Club

Film club for both French and German has continued to be really oversubscribed.  Our French society have been watching Ratatouille and our German group are now on to Ostwind 4. Having watched all the first three, we are really hooked.  The exciting news is that in 2021, they produced Ostwind 5 so we will be sure to try and get that on order to watch after Easter. 

Mrs Gill

French Baking

Did you know that Pancake Day is celebrated on a different day in France? “La Chandeleur” is celebrated every year in France and other European countries on February 2nd. They also celebrate “Mardi Gras” (Shrove Tuesday) when they enjoy more pancakes and Carnival celebrations.

9AL learned about it during one of their cultural enrichment lessons.  They also practised ordering different pancakes and were treated to a tasting session.

Y9 French had the opportunity to make pancakes after school in the food tech room, following a recipe in French. It turns out that some of us are more gifted than others at making pancakes!! Practice makes perfect! A big “thank you” to Miss Scott for helping us out.

Madame Raine

Stars of the Term

Abby L Lucy P Sana RY11 FrenchGreat progress, particularly in Listening.
Hannah E Izzy MY11 FrenchIntervention heroes.
Charlotte BY10 FrenchAmazing performance in latest assessment.
Maryam M Louise P-R Sian H Sofia RY10 FrenchGreat progress overall.
Jennah K Hannah T Mya G Mia S-B Vanika M Hannah B India A Millie SY9 FrenchHighest score on Active Learn.
Abigail K Eden F Hattie C Niamh L Grace C Sophie S Mariella M Juliette RY8 FrenchAmazing performance in the Speaking assessment.
Natalia N Ana C Abeeha F Olivia H Martha F Saffiya M Izzy SYear 7 German Mrs GillFantastic efforts in the German listening and reading progress checks!
Lexa K Rosie Y Aysha M Holly W Saskia H Darcey P Rebecca L Eden F Rani I Ebony M Phoebe B Ruby R Juliette R Elizabeth N Deanna KYear 8 German Mrs GillAll round great efforts in German!
Jennah K Tasneem A Savo A Mya G Victoria K Heather P Charlotte R Hannah B Ella H Neve G Gracie H Molly T Charlotte BYear 9 German Mrs GillAmazing attitude and all round hard worker in German this term.
Sandra H Elijah K Rukaya R Katie K Tilly P Isabel C Jessica L Kathrin C Naomi J Hana M Zahra S Mia SY10 German Mrs GillFabulous Module 2 progress checks in listening and reading.
Caitlin R Grace S Macie BY11 German Mrs GillGerman intervention stars.  
Marwa AG Ellie R Carla D Mia H Donalia M Laura G Eva W Mya JYear 11 German Mrs GillGerman revision stars.
Poppy M Naomi S Saniya S Lily T Zoha IY7 German Miss GelderSpelling Bee Stars.
Chloe A Evie B Sara D Mollie H Helena M Maddie R Sophie S Naomi S Faye S Tia WY7 German Miss GelderFantastic efforts in our listening and reading progress checks.
Safa A Lydia W Sofia W George G Abi S Amy L Katie T Dhriti S Dayana E Emma C Holly PY8 German Miss GelderExcellent attitude and all-round effort in German this term.
Etta W Khitam A M Sumayya B Emily K Masoomah E Freya W Bismah C Jennifer K R Madiha BY9 German Miss GelderExcellent attitude and all-round effort in German this term.
Sana A Isla B Khadija B Jessica B Maariyah P Rebecca SYear 10 German Miss GelderFabulous Module 2 progress checks in listening and reading.  
Marissa T Holly B Mia C Amelia S Grace S Emma A Megan B Khamilla C Emily S Keira WYear 11 German Miss GelderExcellent attitude towards German and fantastic efforts towards their GCSE.

Mrs K Gill

Curriculum Leader for Modern Foreign Languages


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  • Artsmark Platinum Award - Awards by Arts Council England
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider
  • International School Award