Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The French Bake-Off

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The French Bake-Off

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Byline: Ruth Lognonne Reporter

TEACHERS at a Tyneside school set their pupils some homework with a little je ne sais quoi.

Children at Valley Gardens Middle School in Whitley Bay were asked by their foreign languages teacher to bake a cake or make a model related to France.

And if that wasn't challenging enough, the Year 8 and Year 7 pupils had to describe what they were doing live to camera - in fluent French!

S a chocolate Eiffel Tower and an Arc De Triomphe cake.

Deputy head teacher, Jan Reed, says the school recognises modern languages as an important part of the curriculum. She said: "One of the things education secretary Michael Gove has introduced is modern languages taught down in primary school. A lot of children don't experience languages until 11, but our children pick up languages from age 9. "What we've done here today is an interesting and exciting way of doing French homework. If I'd been taught French that way when I was at school I'm sure I'd be fluent! …

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