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End of year exams

End of year exams

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It seems like only a few months ago since we started the school year in September, but last week already saw us doing not only the A-level and GCSE exams, but also Key Stage 3’s end of year exams! How time flies! That means that over the last weeks there has been a lot of revision of old topics going on. Fortunately, this year both French and German have introduced sentence builder books instead of […]

A spotlight on my two wonderful 6th Form German students

A spotlight on my two wonderful 6th Form German students

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Today I would like to hold a spotlight on my two wonderful 6th Form German students: Ulyana from Russia, and Jaehyeok from South Korea. Read for yourself what they have to say about their experience of studying German at Fyling Hall:   Ulyana:  When I came to Fyling Hall, I knew that I wanted to continue my pioneering in German culture. I have always been a fan of Rammstein (I’m going to their concert this summer) […]

Nikolaustag is here again!

Nikolaustag is here again!

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Nikolaustag is here again! It is becoming a tradition in Fyling Hall’s German lessons that our year 7s make their own Nikolausstiefel. What is that all about? On the 6th of November, St Nicholas’ Day (Nikolaustag) is celebrated in Germany. This goes back to the 3rd century, when Nicholas was the bishop of Myra, which is in what is Turkey today. He was a rich man, and known for helping poor people – notoriously he dropped three […]

When is the last time you got a letter?

When is the last time you got a letter?

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When is the last time you got a letter? A proper hand-written one; one, that isn’t a bill or a bank statement? I don’t know about you, but I am always thrilled when I find one of these rare specimens in my letterbox. Our year 7 pupils are in for this treat: This week, each of them was given the name of a pupil from Bremerhaven in Germany, and they wrote a letter introducing themselves […]

Germany has a lot to offer

Germany has a lot to offer

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Although not the first country that springs to mind when thinking about holiday destinations, Germany has a lot to offer. This is not only the great cities like Berlin, Munich or Hamburg, but also the little towns that are scattered all over the country. Since we cannot visit them ourselves, our year 11 GCSE German group have done some online research about one German town each. Emie, Eve, Freddie and Ulyana then delivered a presentation […]

To celebrate World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day

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To celebrate World Book Day, during our last online German lesson, year 9 filled in a questionnaire about their reading habits and favourite books, and wrote an article about it. See what they have come up with! #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; width:100%;} /* Add your own Mailchimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML […]

A spotlight on German lessons

A spotlight on German lessons

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Today (two weeks into the new year, and into online learning) I would like to put a spotlight on German lessons. Allow me to give you a look into our German classroom and the wide variety of topics Years 7 to 13 are covering at the moment. Year 7 have just learnt vocabulary for a variety of animals, and now they are working towards describing their own pets, or what pet they would like to […]

Practicing skills with Guess Who

Practicing skills with Guess Who

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Fyling Hall’s Year 9 German students have been practicing skills by playing Guess Who. Whilst learning how to describe people, they are also doing this in writing. Not as easy as it sounds, thanks to the dreaded adjective endings! Last year, during lockdown, they learnt about clothes, and last week they learnt how to describe facial features. Practicing skills with Guess Who is great fun. We may even try it next week when we will […]

Pen friends in Bremerhaven

Pen friends in Bremerhaven

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It has been some time since we wrote to our pen friends in Bremerhaven (Germany). As we have not written since the beginning of lockdown in March, we have taken up communications again!  Year 8 used lesson time to write letters, even integrating the content of our last unit, in which they learnt how to describe their house. We are hoping in return to learn a lot about how our penpals in the North of […]

Halloween spirit in German

Halloween spirit in German

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Fyling Hall’s Year 8 demonstrated a bit of Halloween spirit in their German lesson. In their last lesson before Half Term, they practiced words for furniture and learnt how to use prepositions. Wo ist die Spinne? Where is the spider? Their pictures show and describe where the giant spider, Die Spinne, is hiding.  True Halloween spirit in German! Schöne Ferien! 

One of the greatest pleasures

One of the greatest pleasures

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Every new school year, one of the greatest pleasures is to get to know a whole new year group. It is amazing to see how quickly and with how much enthusiasm the pupils pick up a new language. After 2 weeks of learning German, Fyling Hall’s Year 7s are already able to have little conversations. See for yourselves!

Posters in German

Making posters in German

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Fyling Hall’s Year 7 pupils have been making posters in German. During lockdown pupils have been learning German words for activities and about the weather. What better way to demonstrate their knowledge than to put their sentences together on a poster? Take a look at their fantastic posters! 

learning all things food related in German lessons

Everything food-related

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These past weeks, year 8 have been working on everything food-related in their German lessons. They have learnt words for different food and meals, how to say what they don’t eat and why (“Ich esse keine Nudeln, denn ich bin glutenintolerant.”) for places to eat. They have also practiced some dialogues ordering food at the bakery or the takeaway, of course including “Danke”, “Bitte” and “Entschuldigung”. Their last activity so far has been a budgeting […]

Nikolaustag

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On the 6th of November, St Nicholas’ Day (Nikolaustag) is celebrated in Germany. This goes back to the 3rd century AD, when Nicholas was the bishop of Myra, which is in what is Turkey today. He was a rich man, and known for helping poor people – notoriously he dropped three sacks of gold through a poor family’s chimney which saved their children from being sold into slavery. Today, St Nicholas is still doing good. […]

Language in real life

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Learning a language is all about communication. That’s why, at Fyling Hall, we feel so lucky to have quite a number of students from Germany as that means that our learners can try out their newly acquired language in real life. Year 8 enjoy making the most of their very own Simon from beautiful Bavaria who is always happy to help out in class as a sparring partner. We invite other native speakers, who do […]

At a German Restaurant

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Since Christmas, year 8 have been learning some true life skills in German. After learning the words for copious amounts of food (der Apfel, die Wurst, das Brot…), they learned to say what they do and don’t eat, and why (“Ich esse keinen Joghurt, denn ich bin laktoseintolerant.”) We also learnt about healthy eating (“Man soll keine Pommes essen und Cola trinken, aber man soll oft Salat essen und Wasser trinken.”), and they had to […]