German - Adding a bit of Oompah

28th November 2008, 12:00am

Share

German - Adding a bit of Oompah

https://www.tes.com/magazine/archive/german-adding-bit-oompah

A week of German-themed events took place earlier this month at an East Dunbartonshire school to mark the beginning of its partnership with Germany.

During Bishopbriggs Academy's "Focus Deutschland" week, all signs in the school were translated into German, with every department adopting the theme.

In PE, pupils performed the Schuhplattler, a traditional dance from Bavaria and Austria, that involves the slapping of the thighs, knees and soles of feet. The geography department examined the impact on tourism of Oktoberfest, a beer festival held in Munich.

Pupils also explored traces of German words in English, with the week culminating in a lantern procession to mark the feast of St Martin of Tours. He was a Roman soldier who cut his cloak in half and shared it with a beggar.

Bishopbriggs Academy joined "Schools - Partners of the Future" in June. The initiative, set up by the German Federal Government, aims to encourage young people's enthusiasm and interest in modern Germany. The goal is to create partnerships with 1,000 schools; there are currently 500 globally.

You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month

Register for free to read more

You can read two more articles on Tes for free this month if you register using the button below.

Alternatively, you can subscribe for just £1 per month for the next three months and get:

  • Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content
  • Exclusive subscriber-only articles 
  • Email newsletters

Already registered? Log in

You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month

Subscribe to read more

You can subscribe for just £1 per month for the next three months and get:

  • Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content
  • Exclusive subscriber-only articles 
  • Email newsletters