The Smart Choice: German
Smart Choice: German - Network Activities
Schools of the network have already organised a range of activities to promote German at their school and you can find some examples of the events here. Hopefully they will give you impulses and ideas to use at your own school.
On December 14th the school therefore invited some of these pupils to a German Christmas Workshop. The workshop lasted an hour per school and took place in two of Saint Bede’s language classrooms. All three MFL teachers from the school participated and assisted in this event.
The workshop was split into two parts. In the first half, the pupils learned something about German Christmas traditions and were taught some vocabulary. In the second half, each of them were given some euros to spend in the German Christmas Market.
The pupils enjoyed every minute of the workshop and their enthusiasm and exuberance made the day extra special.
After the success of this event, Saint Bede’s is planning to invite their primary feeder schools back. This time for an interactive German Theatre and Workshop Day on 6th February 2019.
Subject Leader for German
Primary school aged guests were invited to make German themed Easter cards, baskets and painted eggs. They could learn some German; run off some energy in an egg and spoon race; have a go at a musical instrument; test their mental agility in a maths treasure hunt; build a balloon powered car or have a go at a series of scientific egg-speriments. Chocoholics were able to make mini chocolate eggs, in a purpose made bunny-shaped bag, and join the Easter egg hunt.
The school was a hive of activity as families threw themselves into all of the activities, whilst learning something of the German language and culture along the way.
The school teaches German alongside French in upper Keystage 2 and the topic of “Breaking down barriers” forms part of the school’s Year 5 history work.
In preparation for their trip, the children visited the Goethe-Institut in London, where they took part in a workshop about the division and reunification of Germany. The Goethe-Institut had composed a very engaging and interactive session, which the children thoroughly enjoyed.
Whilst in Berlin, the school visited the Reichstag, DDR Museum, Eastside gallery, Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust memorial in order to put the work they had done in the classroom into a realistic context.
The children also spent a day at their partner school, which allowed them to experience school life in Germany compared to England.
Anita Blake, Headteacher at St Edmund Campion School said: “The children were simply amazing and made the whole experience worthwhile. Their smiles and genuine enthusiasm made the time in Berlin something we will all cherish.”
In a mixture of fun and games, the pupils learned German every week starting with greetings like “Hallo” and “Auf Wiedersehen” as well as fruits and vegetables like “Kirsche” and “Gurke”. In a short repetition at the beginning of the 45 minutes teaching unit, the students proved every time how well primary pupils can memorise the words they have already learned. This was facilitated through hand gestures and of course their “German teachers” Felix und Franzi as well as a large amount of visual aids. The interactive games in the middle of the unit not only reinforced the newly learnt vocabulary but also made everything fun and created a feeling of togetherness of the group.
As a project, we created a wanted poster
which we filled in every week with new German sentences and, eventually, proudly exhibited in the library. At the end of every unit each student chose a sticker for her or his own card of praise. This was not only used to for the register but also to show the students at the end of the time spent together how much they had already learned in such a short time.
The Deutsch-AG was not only a super and very recommendable experience for the pupils but also for me as their teacher. I strongly recommend this format to other teachers of German!"
Some great feedback from year 6 included: “Really fun and best lesson ever.”, “The activities on the iPads were really fun” and “My favourite thing was the memory pair game with year 9.”
Plätzchen | © Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls
As December progressed, Year 8 pupils baked delicious Plätzchen in preparation for Christmas. The basic gingerbread recipe is very easy to follow and, if time allows, can be iced.
All of Year 8 pupils were invited to take part in a competition to design a German Christmas card. All entrants received points for their houses and the winners had their cards displayed around the school and received a personal prize.
Winning Postcard | © Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls In preparation for the annual trip to the Christmas markets in Aachen and Cologne, it was felt they should set up their own classroom Weihnachtsmarkt, so that they could practice shopping vocabulary. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed buying festive treats form Kinderpunsch to Handschuhe.
Here you can find some recourses for the activities:
On 16th November 2017 the Haberdashers’ Monmoth School for Girls welcomed six inspirational speakers from different walks of life (please see list below), who delivered speeches on the importance of languages. The school advertised at many of the local schools, including Monmouth, Chepstow, Caerleon and Hereford. As a result the event attracted a packed audience of over 250 pupils and their parents.
Bernadette Holmes MBE – Director of Speak to the Future, the National Campaign for Languages
Tim Penn – International Exports and Entrepreneur
Dr. David Clarke – Languages, International Studies, Politics at Bath University
Freya Lambert – Project Management (Kingfisher plc)
Marlies Höcherl – Law (Partner – Capital Law, Cardiff)
Major Charlotte Walsh AGC (ETS) who presented on language opportunities in the army
Over 100 pupils attended the day. The event ran from 10 am – 2.30pm with a timetable of German Language activities to engage students, and had them go away excited about the prospect of possibly using German in their future careers.
If you like to run you own German Day their schedule for the day might give you an idea how to possibly structure a day like this:
It is a simple activity, but very well-received!
Have a look at their worksheet for the activity here:
The girls had great fun in finding a name for their club and eventually settled on the Habs-Sachs Club. They had badges especially made for them and the photos show the girls proudly wearing them, made all the more exclusive, because only a limited number of girls in the whole school are awarded them!
Food Parcel Habs-Sachs-Club | © Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls Great excitement ensued when the school in Sachsen sent a food parcel of typical German foods for the Haberdashers’ pupils to sample. They sent one in return, including typical Welsh goodies such as Welsh Cakes. The girls brainstormed their ideas for things to send.
Self-made Reibekuchen | © Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls The club members were sent a recipe for Reibekuchen which they made themselves, ate for lunch and then wrote a critique for their partner school. Very enjoyable!
If you would like to try the Reibekuchen recipe with your pupils you can find the recipe here:
Representing the various networks, speakers talked about funding opportunities, achieving high attainment for their students and giving examples of the many activities that can support German in schools.
Here you can download the speakers’ presentations:
The day was modelled on the unique, highly successful CLIL programme at Bohunt Liphook in which students choose to study a third of their timetable in a foreign language. The German CLIL day gave students the opportunity to understand the challenge and rewards that speaking another language in this environment can bring, especially given the importance of the German language in today's world. Some of the students were surprised to hear that German is the most in-demand language among businesses in the UK, or that it is the second most-used language in Science globally, after English.
Everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the day and all students were fantastic ambassadors for their respective schools, rising to the challenges with which they were faced with positivity and impressive teamwork.