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German Day Fun at St Mary's

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag Franzi! (Happy Birthday Franzi!)

On 18th November, a group of Year 5 girls from St Margaret’s visited St Mary’s to attend ‘Franzi’s Birthday Party’ - an inventive approach to introducing pupils to German language and culture. They had great fun making the Brandenburg Gate out of spaghetti and marshmallows and singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in German.

Created and hosted by the St Mary’s MFL Department, the special day was enjoyed by girls from St Margaret’s and a number of other schools.
The lesson followed a storyline of getting ready for Franzi’s birthday party, and culminated in the girls singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in German, as an amazing three-layer chocolate birthday cake was presented to ‘Franzi’, with all the girls enjoying a big slice of cake each afterwards!

During the day, they learnt to count (it was Franzi’s 8th birthday!) and learnt the words for colours in German, made a birthday card and party hats, sang the ‘Hello’ and birthday songs in German, and experienced a taste of German culture.

This was the second time ‘Franzi’s Birthday Party’ had been held at St Mary’s. The lesson was previously filmed by the Goethe-Institut and the resulting film has been shown nationally as an example of ‘Best Practice’ in teaching the German language.

Published: November 30 2016

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