March 22, 2023

Crepes and tortillas: Pancake Day, MFL-style

Another great example of cross-school collaboration has been taking place in key stage three Modern Foreign Languages this half-term, in the form of a pancake competition!

All Lionheart secondary schools were invited to take part in the Trust’s modern foreign language (MFL) competition in February, co-ordinated by Lionheart’s MFL lead, Vicki Loxley. Devised to engage Year 8 students in a love of either French or Spanish, the competition required students to design a pancake filling – to coincide with Pancake Day - inspired by ingredients typical to French or Spanish speaking countries, and then present it on a colourful poster.  

Following lots of creative entries across our eight Leicestershire secondary schools, each school then selected their best entries to be entered into a wider Lionheart competition. Of the 24 finalists, Judgemeadow student, Simarpreet, won the competition with a fantastic Hispanic entry of ‘Panqueques Mexicanos Tres Leches’, with Ava S from Newbridge School coming a close second, followed by Max J from The Castle Rock School in third.

Lionheart's MFL lead, Vicki Loxley commented: “Our cross collaboration in languages enables schools to develop joint resources, events and activities to extend students’ cultural understanding within lessons. It also gives students the chance to develop their knowledge about the French and Spanish speaking worlds, and to ensure a continued love of learning and exploration about different cultures in a creative and imaginative way.”