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Secondary French teacher, rated Ofsted 'Outstanding' at KS3, KS4 and KS5. PGCE and NQT mentor. Regular CPD/Professional Learning leader. State and private sector experience.

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Secondary French teacher, rated Ofsted 'Outstanding' at KS3, KS4 and KS5. PGCE and NQT mentor. Regular CPD/Professional Learning leader. State and private sector experience.
European Day of Languages 2018 - Assembly
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European Day of Languages 2018 - Assembly

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Assembly linked to the European Day of Languages 2018. Aimed at KS3/4, but easily adapted for younger / older year groups. 10 slides in total. Great time saver! Slide 1: Asks students to recognise pictures of European capital cities, a map of Europe and the European flag and work out what they have in common. Slide 2: Outlines what the European Day of Languages is and why it is celebrated, using information from the official website (link in Notes section if teacher wishes to adapt). Slide 3: Information on how speaking another language helps students. Slide 4: Matching celebrities to different languages they speak. Slide 5: Outlines what students will be doing over course of day (easily adapted). Slides 6-8: Asks students to guess which animal makes which sounds. Slide 9: Wishes students a good day and good luck. Slide 10: Links to resources on European Day of Languages official website, including language games, facts and figures, lesson plans, ready-to-use materials and information on where to order materials.
French Christmas Lesson - KS3 + KS4 - Vocabulary, traditions and games
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French Christmas Lesson - KS3 + KS4 - Vocabulary, traditions and games

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Excellent resource, perfect for KS3 and KS4 to introduce / re-cap French Christmas vocabulary (une renne, un bonhomme de neige and so on) and discuss Christmas and New Year traditions. Fully differentiated with 'Want more', 'Challenge' and 'Want support' options for students, including extension questions linking to reading comprehension and Word Bank to support lower ability learners. Fully animated with all answers and notes under each slide to give overview of each activity. A huge time saver, took a whole afternoon to make! Lesson begins by asking students to work out Christmas vocabulary. Emphasis on independent learning. A game is then played, either holding up cards or writing the correct letter of the image that corresponds to the given word on a mini-whiteboard. Reading comprehension on French Christmas traditions follows, then a game of Pictionary and a Treasure Hunt review to finish to re-cap vocabulary. Reading comprehension offers great opportunity to discuss cultural differences, including food (for example foie gras, British culinary traditions that the French wouldn't usually eat, for example mince pies) and similarities. There are two fully prepared reading texts and teacher can select which one would be more appropriate for group. Both are also included on worksheet, either for teacher to delete one as appropriate before printing, or to give both to students and allow them to select their option. The more challenging text asks students to consider traditions at New Year too, and draws upon grammatical knowledge (imperfect tense, verb synonyms, direct object pronouns). The simpler text uses simpler language, is shorter and is split into two sections to help students with understanding. Great fun for the students, they're working independently and assimilating cultural knowledge, and really enjoyable to teach!
Le Jour de l'Armistice - Remembrance Day - French Vocabulary and Cultural Lesson - KS3 + KS4
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Le Jour de l'Armistice - Remembrance Day - French Vocabulary and Cultural Lesson - KS3 + KS4

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Excellent lesson, focusing on French vocabulary and cultural traditions linked to Remembrance Day. Suitable for KS3 and KS4. Fully differentiated with 'Want more?' and 'Challenge' options, as well as support for learners. Animated with all answers, notes for teacher under slides, and photographs and clip art. Full worksheet for lesson included. Presentation as follows: Slides 1 and 2 - Date, title and LO. Emphasis on independent learning with learners matching French vocabulary (la boue, le froid, la guerre etc.) to English translations. Remove English to increase challenge for students. Slides 3 and 4 - Learners recall new vocabulary from memory and match to images. Slides 5 - 11 - AfL game using letters to select correct image. Slides 12 - 13 - Text linked to Le Jour de l'Armistice, drawing on cultural comparisons such as 'Le Bluet de France' et 'La Tombe du Soldat Inconnu'. Word Bank to support learners. Slide 13 - Questions linked to text and answers. Opportunity to extend learners with 'ceux' and 'celles' demonstrative pronouns. Slide 14 - Plenary triangle, asking learners to share with their partner one thing that they already knew linked to the lesson, two things that they've learned and one thing that they would like to know more about. Great lesson to teach and a huge time saver! Excellent cross-curricular links.
Italian Christmas Vocabulary and Traditions - KS3 + KS4 - Whole lesson
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Italian Christmas Vocabulary and Traditions - KS3 + KS4 - Whole lesson

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Excellent resource, perfect for KS3 and KS4 to introduce / re-cap Italian Christmas vocabulary (una renna, il Babbo Natale and so on) and discuss Christmas and New Year traditions. Fully differentiated with 'Want more', 'Challenge' and 'Want support' options for students, including extension questions linking to reading comprehension and comprehensive A4 page Word Bank, paragraph-by-paragraph to support lower ability learners. Fully animated with all answers and notes under each slide to give overview of each activity. A huge time saver, took a whole afternoon to make! Can be used for one or two lessons depending on ability of group. Lesson begins by asking students to work out Christmas vocabulary. Emphasis on independent learning. A game is then played, either holding up cards or writing the correct letter of the image that corresponds to the given word on a mini-whiteboard. A reading comprehension on Italian Christmas traditions follows. The reading comprehension offers a great opportunity to discuss cultural differences, including food (for example il panettone), the different days in the festive calendar for Italians (8 December, 6 January etc.) and similarities. The reading text is taken from 'Noi parliamo italiano' (link on worksheet). It has been slightly adapted and split into small paragraphs for ease of translation and discussion. The Challenge option asks students to consider traditions at New Year too. Great fun for the students, they're working independently and assimilating cultural knowledge, and really enjoyable to teach! Two games to finish - teacher or student choice! Pictionary on one slide and a Treasure Hunt searching for 15 gold coins and a treasure chest on another. Both designed to link to vocabulary at the start of the lesson!
Worksheet - Traditional Christmas Regional Celebrations in France - KS5
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Worksheet - Traditional Christmas Regional Celebrations in France - KS5

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Excellent resource, can be used as 1-2 lessons depending on ability of group and how much time you wish to spend on cultural exploration of festive traditions. Text is taken from radins.com and is titled 'Noël en France : Noël typique et traditions régionales'. Link to article is included on worksheet. The article compares festive traditions in Alsace/Lorraine and Provence. It has been very slightly adapted and is split into paragraphs for ease of reading and discussion. Questions ask students to consider what type of text they are reading, then to match ten words highlighted in text to the correct description to develop language (for example 'Le Réveillon - le 24 décembre). Third and final exercise is six questions contrasting and comparing traditions in both regions, linking to culinary traditions, Père Fouettard / Père Noël and nativity scenes amongst others. Fully differentiated - two comprehensive vocabulary tables are provided to support learners who would benefit. A great lesson, genuinely interesting, and a fun way to include KS5 students in Christmas fun whilst still challenging their linguistic and cultural knowledge! I learned a few things making it! Next step could be for students to research and present to the class how Christmas is celebrated in other parts of the Francophone world. A great time saver, took three hours to make! Article and questions are one file, answers to all of the questions is the second. Could also be used for high-achieving KS4 class.
Grammar - Perfect tense - Speaking cards game
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Grammar - Perfect tense - Speaking cards game

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Set of cards that can be used in a multitude of different ways. Template is set up to link to perfect tense, but can easily be adapted for other tenses or different grammatical points if required. Slides are designed to be printed and each card cut out. There are eight cards on each slide (four slides in total - 32 cards to play with). Each card has an English phrase and a French phrase underneath. The cards can either be used as dominoes (students will require a full set per group), or as a speaking game, timed in class. To play as a speaking game, each student is handed a card (or more than one card if less than 32 students in group). Cards can be assigned randomly, or teacher can differentiate by giving LA less challenging translations and HA more difficult sentences or more than one card. Students are given 30 seconds to work out the French translation of the English section of their card (this is what will signal that it is their turn to read theirs out), and to familiarise themselves with the pronunciation of the French sentence on the bottom of their card. To play: 1. Teacher starts the clock. 2. The student with the 'Début' card says their English sentence and reads out the French underneath. 3. The student with the English translation that links to the French sentence that has just been said reads their card out loud, and the game continues. 4. The game ends when the student who has the last card says their English and French out loud. The French will link to the English on the first card read aloud. 5. Teacher stops the clock. 6. Round two - can the students beat their original time? 7. Pick up on grammatical points as a class / any errors that were made. Why did these happen (pronunciation, recognition of pronouns etc.)? Differentiation suggestions: * Teacher can mix up the cards in between rounds and play several times. * Teacher can show PowerPoint as students are saying cards aloud, to support with colour recognition of the cards they are holding (if game is printed in colour) and with visual recognition of speech. Inversely, to increase challenge, teacher does not show PowerPoint. * Teacher can limit time students have to familiarise themselves with their card(s) after they are handed out. Always a huge hit! Can be played at beginning or end of lesson. Useful from HA KS2 - KS4 to revise perfect tense. Sentences use vocabulary linked to activities such as going to the cinema or bowling.
Worksheet - Snowman and Christmas tree - Colouring according to French numbers and shapes - KS1/KS2
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Worksheet - Snowman and Christmas tree - Colouring according to French numbers and shapes - KS1/KS2

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Two worksheets, suitable for younger learners of French, asking them to colour in shapes on a Christmas tree and/or Snowman template, according to the directions given. The Christmas tree template has six simple instructions and the image is simpler to colour. The Snowman template has ten instructions, referring to items of clothing (ses gants, son chapeau) as well as numbers and shapes, and the image is more detailed. Perfect to re-cap some shapes, numbers and colours towards the end of term, and to introduce some Christmas vocabulary (bauble, holly etc.). Extension could be for pupils to draw their own Christmas tree / Snowman and label.
AQA French GCSE - Exam Factsheet and Overview
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AQA French GCSE - Exam Factsheet and Overview

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A great resource, clearly explaining the topics studied over the course of the French GCSE and the format of the upcoming exams with a detailed breakdown for the Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing papers. Information includes the length of each exam, the question styles and number of marks available. The GCSE qualifications from 1-9 are also explained in a user-friendly format. Colourful pictures of France, easy to read and informative! A great time-saver! Perfect for students and parents.
AQA New French GCSE (Specification 8658) - Student Factsheet
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AQA New French GCSE (Specification 8658) - Student Factsheet

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A great resource, outlining the new AQA French GCSE as a simple Factsheet. Very useful for students as an introduction to the course. Also used with excellent feedback at Open Evenings to provide further information (from the AQA website) for students, Parents and Carers, and for staff within the department alongside the new Specification. Suitable for Foundation and Higher tiers. A huge time-saver! The Factsheet provides information about the advantages of studying French at GCSE level, alongside answers to the following questions: 1. What will I study? (Core themes and sub-topics.) 2. How will I be assessed? (Information on the four exam papers, the length of the exams, the marks awarded and the types of questions.) 3. When will I take my exams? 4. How do GCSE grades 1-9 work? The Factsheet is attractively and simply presented with photographs and images. A space for Student reflection is provided at the end of the document, as well as the link to the AQA Specification at a Glance for further information.
First lesson of the year - Everything you need! - French
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First lesson of the year - Everything you need! - French

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Excellent first lesson of the year, comprehensively covering slide-by-slide all that you need your new class to know in an accessible and fun way. Helps you to get to know your students, their learning preferences and personalities, and helps them to get to know each-other too, setting them up for some great learning. Also gets you off to a brilliant start with your expectations through a whole-class ‘Partnership Agreement’ that they create and sign. I use this template every year with every class that I teach and it always works brilliantly. They have a lot of fun, as do you, and you also get all of the bits sorted that you need to without missing anything out (an overview of the year, books, seating plan etc.), which is easily done at the start of a busy term. Recommended especially for new teachers. Clear instructions on each slide and places for you to insert your own information. 15 slides in total: 1. Resources you need for the lesson. 2. Space to insert your seating plan. 3. Date, title, LO, starter slide. 4. Our Partnership Agreement slide. 5. Expectations / building on slide before. 6. ‘Mon cahier d’exercice’ slide. 7. Getting to know each other - The two truths game. 8. As above - teacher’s answers. 9. My promise to you (what you will do as a teacher to help their learning). 10. Raffle tickets and how they work, if you decide to use to reinforce positive behaviour. 11. Our lessons - overview of the number of lessons each week, report and Parents’ Evening dates and topics. 12. Help me to understand your learning activity. 13. Examples of feedback from activity above. 14. As before. 15. Lotto game!
AQA New Spanish GCSE (Specification 8698) - Student Factsheet
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AQA New Spanish GCSE (Specification 8698) - Student Factsheet

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A great resource, outlining the new AQA Spanish GCSE as a simple Factsheet. Very useful for students as an introduction to the course. Also used with excellent feedback at Open Evenings to provide further information (from the AQA website) for students, Parents and Carers, and for staff within the department alongside the new Specification. Suitable for Foundation and Higher tiers. A huge time-saver! The Factsheet provides information about the advantages of studying Spanish at GCSE level, alongside answers to the following questions: 1. What will I study? (Core themes and sub-topics.) 2. How will I be assessed? (Information on the four exam papers, the length of the exams, the marks awarded and the types of questions.) 3. When will I take my exams? 4. How do GCSE grades 1-9 work? The Factsheet is attractively and simply presented with photographs and images. A space for Student reflection is provided at the end of the document, as well as the link to the AQA Specification at a Glance for further information.
GCSE Reading Exam - Revision, Information and Strategies - AQA and Edexcel - All Languages
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GCSE Reading Exam - Revision, Information and Strategies - AQA and Edexcel - All Languages

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A great resource and a huge time-saver, running through revision techniques and strategies for the GCSE MFL Reading Exams. Suitable for French, Spanish and German learners, following both AQA and Edexcel Specifications. The PowerPoint begins by asking students to think of the strategies they already know that will help them succeed in their reading exam, and divide them into three categories. The lesson continues as follows: Slide 2: Reading Exam Information (date, location, equipment etc.) Slide 3: Reading Exam Format (AQA) Slide 4: Reading Exam Format (Edexcel) - delete the slide that you don’t need Slides 5 - 8: Reading Exam Strategies and discussion, linking to Starter Slides 9 - 11: Links to AQA and Exdecel exam board past papers and assessment materials for French, Spanish and German, saving you time searching online! Slide 12: ‘Treasure Hunt’ light-hearted game to review learning and vocabulary covered during lesson. Great fun!
Grammar - Tenses - Present tense (reflexive verbs)
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Grammar - Tenses - Present tense (reflexive verbs)

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Fantastic and very comprehensive resource covering all aspects of reflexive present tense formation. All animations and formatting ready to go. A huge time-saver! Powerpoint is 13 slides and can be adapted to suit all learners. Includes clear and concise explanations of reflexive verb conjugation and questions for students to gauge understanding. Perfect for mini-whiteboard activities. Differentiated to help LA access translation questions. Two reading texts at end of presentation (easily printable as worksheets) for students to spot reflexive verbs. Linked to daily routine / school life. Excellent for introduction at KS2 / KS3 to conjugation and for revision and further practice at KS4.
French Classroom Language
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French Classroom Language

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An excellent resource, with two tables of French Classroom Language to encourage target-language use during lessons. Makes a huge difference! Two sides of A4 in total, covering day-to-day language alongside months of the year, days of the week, greetings, numbers and articles. A great time saver!
GCSE Listening Exam - Revision, Information and Techniques - AQA and Edexcel - All Languages
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GCSE Listening Exam - Revision, Information and Techniques - AQA and Edexcel - All Languages

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A great resource and a huge time-saver, running through revision techniques and strategies for the GCSE MFL Listening Exams. Suitable for French, Spanish and German learners, following both AQA and Edexcel Specifications. The PowerPoint begins by asking students to think of the strategies they already know that will help them succeed in their listening exam, and divide them into three categories. The lesson continues as follows: Slide 2: Listening Exam Information (date, location, equipment etc.) Slide 3: Listening Exam Format (AQA) Slide 4: Listening Exam Format (Edexcel) - delete the slide that you don’t need Slides 5 - 8: Listening Exam Strategies and discussion, linking to Starter Slides 9 - 11: Links to AQA and Exdecel exam board past papers and assessment materials for French, Spanish and German, saving you time searching online! Slide 12: ‘Treasure Hunt’ light-hearted game to review learning and vocabulary covered during lesson. Great fun!
AQA Spanish GCSE - Exam Factsheet and Overview
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AQA Spanish GCSE - Exam Factsheet and Overview

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A great resource, clearly explaining the topics studied over the course of the Spanish GCSE and the format of the upcoming exams with a detailed breakdown for the Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing papers. Information includes the length of each exam, the question styles and number of marks available. The GCSE qualifications from 1-9 are also explained in a user-friendly format. Colourful pictures of Spain, easy to read and informative! A great time-saver! Perfect for students and parents.
Le Tour de France - Differentiated Reading Comprehension - KS3 + KS4
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Le Tour de France - Differentiated Reading Comprehension - KS3 + KS4

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Excellent cultural resource, working on Le Tour de France. Text outlines the competition, the history of the competition and the course that the cyclists follow. Support LA learners with vocabulary sheet if required and stretch HA learners with a ‘Challenge’ extension activity - a mini research project into the significance of the different jerseys. A French website is suggested as a first access point. A brilliant lesson that can branch off in to many different areas (researching winners, the different regions that the course crosses, anti-doping etc.) depending on level of group.
Verb conjugation tables (present, perfect, imperfect, simple future)
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Verb conjugation tables (present, perfect, imperfect, simple future)

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Eight tables set up for verb conjugation in present, perfect, imperfect and simple future tenses. First two slides are blank templates, second two have all of the answers. Tables animated to appear one-by-one on answer slides, but can be easily adapted to suit teaching and learning needs. A real time saver! Verbs are those that are key at GCSE. Also useful for HA KS3, and support at KS5. Avoir, Être, Faire, Aller, Dire, Prendre, Pouvoir, Devoir.
AQA New Italian GCSE (Specification 8633) - Student Factsheet
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AQA New Italian GCSE (Specification 8633) - Student Factsheet

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A great resource, outlining the new AQA Italian GCSE as a simple Factsheet. Very useful for students as an introduction to the course. Also used with excellent feedback at Open Evenings to provide further information (from the AQA website) for students, Parents and Carers, and for staff within the department alongside the new Specification. Suitable for Foundation and Higher tiers. A huge time-saver! The Factsheet provides information about the advantages of studying Italian at GCSE level, alongside answers to the following questions: 1. What will I study? (Core themes and sub-topics.) 2. How will I be assessed? (Information on the four exam papers, the length of the exams, the marks awarded and the types of questions.) 3. When will I take my exams? 4. How do GCSE grades 1-9 work? The Factsheet is attractively and simply presented with photographs and images. A space for Student reflection is provided at the end of the document, as well as the link to the AQA Specification at a Glance for further information.