Mrs Lister reports: On Thursday 3 March 2022 the MFL Department embraced World Book Day. Students were shown a series of well known book titles in French and German and they had to use their linguistic knowledge to decipher them. We then worked on a popular short story to see how much we could understand, using both visual and linguistic clues. In French we explored “La Chenille qui fait des trous” (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) and in German we looked at “Der Maulwurf, der wissen wollte, wer ihm auf den Kopf gemacht hat” (The Story of the Little Mole who went in search of Whodunit).

Students were pleasantly surprised by how much they could understand and we discussed how beneficial it was to read in a foreign language to develop linguistic and grammatical knowledge. My French class enjoyed looking at a selection of books I had bought in ranging from Peppa Pig in French to Le garçon en Pyjamas Rayé (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) to see how many key words they could recognise. To complete our session, students, with a guided structure provided wrote a review about their favourite book.