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Serving up special breakfasts to help boost language learning

Our schools are helping language students get a flavour of different countries by holding themed meals, cinema experiences and encouraging baking of traditional European dishes.

Our schools hold reward breakfasts and afternoon teas to celebrate effort and learning in modern foreign languages (MFL) throughout the term.

Students at Smithdon High in Hunstanton recently took part in a French-themed breakfast, with traditional French pastries and orange juice served.

The 23 year 9 students enjoyed practising their spoken French when describing what they would like to eat and drink.

They were selected for participation by their French teacher due to their positive engagement and attitude to learning in class.

Throughout the autumn term, students from all Trust secondaries have taken part in virtual quizzes, celebrating the European Day of Languages, as well as being creative outside the classroom and baking some traditional French, German and Spanish dishes.  

Students also took part in a cinema experience in their target language which has again recognised increased effort and positive attitudes to learning in MFL.

And students at St Clement's High School and Springwood High School were also rewarded by attending either a French breakfast or an afternoon tea during the autumn term.

Katie Featherstone, Lead of Modern Foreign Languages at West Norfolk Academies Trust, said: “Language learning is an exciting yet challenging journey, therefore to observe students' increased attitude and engagement in this area of the curriculum is crucial and must be celebrated.  

“As language practitioners we are keen to encourage the importance of learning a Modern Foreign Language at KS3 with the aim to further develop students' cultural and linguistic ability at KS4.”