Cologne Culture

Posted at 8:32 am on 28th September, 2016

Fifty students from Flixton Girls’ School and five members of staff embarked on a coach trip crossing to Cologne for a six day adventure.

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The group stayed in Cologne and had the opportunity to tour the area including climbing to the top of the Cathedral bell tower, Old Town at night exertion, Aqualand Water Park, Cochem Castle and town, Bonn Museum of Contemporary German history, Rüdesheim – Siegfrieds Musik Kabinett Museum and Cable Car to the Niederwald Denkmal memorial with time in the town, Boppard treasure hunt and Phantasialand Theme Park.

This enrichment opportunity – which led students outside of the classroom – co-incided with the launch of German into the Key Stage 3 Modern Foreign Languages curriculum at FGS and allowed students to experience the German language and authentic culture in real life situations.

Students were actively encouraged to use the language acquired during their first year of study, as well as expanding their vocabulary and enhancing their cultural knowledge. They were given the opportunity to practise all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. By engaging students with the application of German in real life situtations, this immersive experience not only enhanced students’ understanding of German culture, but it also created fond memories.

Mr Eager, Head of Languages and trip organiser, commented ‘this was a fantastic trip for both staff and students. Everybody had an amazing time gaining new experiences, making new friendships and creating lasting memories.’

This will now be an annual opportunity for all German students and this enrichment trip will be offered to Key Stage 4 this academic year.

For more information and images of the trip please see: http://flixtongotogermany.wordpress.com