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A group of West Norfolk schools have been using specially-themed breakfasts and afternoon teas to help students with their learning of foreign language.

The West Norfolk Academy Trust schools have been enjoying a taste of European cuisine while improving their skills and serving up special breakfasts to help boost language learning

West Norfolk schools are helping language students get a flavour of different countries by holding themed meals, cinema experiences and encouraging culinary skills by creating traditional European dishes.

Smithdon High students apprécié le petit déjeuner and boost their French language skills. Dishing out the croissants. Picture Ian Burt
Smithdon High students apprécié le petit déjeuner and boost their French language skills. Dishing out the croissants. Picture Ian Burt

West Norfolk Academies Trust 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 nine students enjoyed practising their spoken French when describing what they would like to eat and drink.

Smithdon High students apprécié le petit déjeuner and boost their French language skills.Picture credit Ian Burt.
Smithdon High students apprécié le petit déjeuner and boost their French language skills.Picture credit Ian Burt.

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

Katie Featherstone, lead of modern foreign languages at the 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 key stage three with the aim to further develop students' cultural and linguistic ability at key stage four."

Smithdon High students apprécié le petit déjeuner and boost their French language skills. Voudrais-tu du jus d'orange? Picture credit Ian Burt.
Smithdon High students apprécié le petit déjeuner and boost their French language skills. Voudrais-tu du jus d'orange? Picture credit Ian Burt.

Smithdon High is one of 50 schools and sixth form colleges which has been recently selected for a multi-million pound investment, as part of the Prime Minister’s transformative 10-year school rebuilding programme to level up opportunities for all.

The rebuilds and refurbishments will see the creation of modern education environments, providing new facilities from classrooms and science labs, to sports halls and dining rooms.

West Norfolk Academies Trust schools provide a number of different activities to encourage the learning of modern languages.

Smithdon High students apprécié le petit déjeuner and boost their French language skills. Chatting over a coffee and croissant. Picture credit Ian Burt
Smithdon High students apprécié le petit déjeuner and boost their French language skills. Chatting over a coffee and croissant. Picture credit Ian Burt

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, in Terrington St Clement and Springwood High School, Lynn were also rewarded by attending either a French breakfast or an afternoon tea during the autumn term.

Smithdon High students apprécié le petit déjeuner and boost their French language skills. Teachers and students took part in a breakfast to help speak in French and devlelop their language skills. Picture credit Ian Burt.
Smithdon High students apprécié le petit déjeuner and boost their French language skills. Teachers and students took part in a breakfast to help speak in French and devlelop their language skills. Picture credit Ian Burt.


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