Modern Languages Week 2021
In the second week of February, everything possible at school had a linguistic twist as our pupils and staff celebrated the annual GHS Modern Languages Week. This year the celebrations were remote but that did not deter the GHS community from sharing their passion for languages!
All pupils studying a modern language did something a little different to their usual curriculum in their language lessons. German classes looked at the Grimm fairy tales, French classes found out more about Francophone countries, learnt to make the perfect French crêpe and explored the lyrics of a famous French singer. Pupils studying Spanish found out about Spanish and Latin music, more about different styles of Hispanic dance and produced a typical Hispanic dish. Pupils also took part in a digital ‘Race around Latin America’ to enhance their cultural and linguistic understanding.
Click and Join cookery sessions had a languages twist with a pizza making competition. They were asked to create a pizza with a languages theme – in the shape of a famous French, German, or Spanish monument or item that exemplifies one of those countries. Our superb modern language ambassadors also planned a series of activities for pupils including fun swiss and German recipes, MFL zoo colouring in and making postcards to show the places pupils most wanted to visit.
Approximately 80 pupils also took part in the UKLO, the United Kingdom Linguistics Competition, during Modern Languages Week. The competition challenged pupils’ linguistic capabilities as they solved linguistic data problems, often in unfamiliar languages, such as Waama, a language spoken in West Africa. Pupils worked together in small groups (over Teams) to solve the problems, with the possibility of achieving a Bronze, Silver or Gold award.
It was a brilliant week to celebrate cultural diversity and a special thanks must go to our Modern Languages Department for their enthusiasm and hard work this week.