IDEAS FOR CROSS-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
paintings of famous artists e.g. Monet, Gaudi, then try to produce
work in a similar style. Display in an “art gallery”
use someone from the school or invite someone to teach pupils
simple Chinese calligraphy so that they can write their names.
basic sign language – greetings, name etc.
dress in traditional costumes, the colours of the national flags, famous
person, something which represents the country e.g. Mona Lisa, Eiffel
learn simple greetings etc. from languages belonging to other pupils in
the school e.g. Urdu, Polish etc.
invite a native speaker in to talk about their life in a foreign school
culture and customs from other countries e.g. greetings
make a croque monsieur / traditional meal
food-based activities, e.g. French breakfast, cheese-tasting, sale
of pain au chocolat at break, cooking simple foreign dishes, labelling
invite a chef from a foreign restaurant to do a cookery demonstration
(or visit their restaurant)
international biscuits and cakes at break for staff.
design menus in MFL and display them in the dining hall. Pupils could
think about health options, vegetarian dishes etc.
using an atlas
identifying main features of France / Germany / Spain / Italy / Wales
where languages are spoken throughout the world
travel and transport
design a poster to advertise another country as a holiday
competition to identify flags from other countries around the school –
pupils also name each country’s capital city and currency
competition to identify which country cars come from by looking at
their number plates.
“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” quiz on general knowledge about
quizzes on general knowledge about other countries. Pub quiz formats,
inter-class group competitions
treasure hunt around the school
historical events from another country e.g. French Revolution
famous historical people Napoléon
use internet for research / reading in MFL
send emails / ecards to partner school in Europe
alphabet-based language quizzes
grammar and punctuation
different writing systems e.g Russian: write simple messages for
others to translate
learn sign language or Braille and send messages to each other
make an alphabet frieze using objects which begin with the same
letter in French / German / Spanish / Italian / Welsh and English
puppet shows, plays and drama in MFL
poetry readings in MFL – with explanations.
story-telling – using big books, Powerpoint presentations, traditional
stories and legends in translation etc.
displays in library and decorations around the school.
write a song or poem in MFL
write a simple book in the form of “Where’s Spot The Dog?” in MFL
national anthems, traditional songs and instruments,
famous composers e.g. Debussy, Beethoven and their compositions
'Eurovision Song Contest' with each class / year group performing a
different song in MFL.
MFL Maths Challenge
starter activities in MFL
weights and measurement
basic number work and calculations
boules competition in French
names and instructions for games in MFL
traditional games / famous football teams / sportsmen and women
from other countries
simple races e.g. waiter race, “Tour de ….” (slow bicycle race) etc.
“Jeux Sans Frontières” activity with simple instructions in MFL
traditional dance with traditional music
“The Lord’s Prayer” and other common prayers in MFL
Taizé community – learn some simple chants
“Kumbayah” in MFL
Bible in different translations
different ways of celebrating major religious festivals
descriptions of the elements
life cycles e.g. of a butterfly