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I’m Rachel and I've been teaching for 18 years! I first taught English (TEFL) in Japan and Madrid and then taught French and Spanish in Surrey. I subsequently worked in a UK curriculum school in sunny Dubai. I have now relocated to the UK and have a gorgeous baby daughter! I have a learning-centred approach and encourage my students to be active and reflective learners. I really enjoy the creative process of making PowerPoints and worksheets and hope you enjoy using them!

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I’m Rachel and I've been teaching for 18 years! I first taught English (TEFL) in Japan and Madrid and then taught French and Spanish in Surrey. I subsequently worked in a UK curriculum school in sunny Dubai. I have now relocated to the UK and have a gorgeous baby daughter! I have a learning-centred approach and encourage my students to be active and reflective learners. I really enjoy the creative process of making PowerPoints and worksheets and hope you enjoy using them!
Welcome Back / Return to School Motivational Assembly / Tutor Time/ Form Time/ PSHE
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Welcome Back / Return to School Motivational Assembly / Tutor Time/ Form Time/ PSHE

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This 20 slide PowerPoint presentation can be used for an assembly, for form time, tutor time or PSHE on the first day or week of school. The aim is to help students to consider how lucky they are to have an education and to be inspired to set themselves goals and targets for the academic year. It is full of colourful pictures and animations to hopefully grab the attention of the sleepiest of students! It can be simply shown with very little commentary or can be used for detailed discussion as you wish. The first slide says Welcome to Year *! (you need to fill in the year group!) The second slide asks How were you feeling this morning? And gives various options: Sleepy, sad, scared, lucky, inspired, happy, fed up, grumpy, excited, nervous, positive. Or maybe something else? This can be used as an opportunity for pair, group or class discussion. Slide 3 says: Here are some other classes starting the school year around the world…. Slides 4 – 8 show classes around the world such as: “Nguyen Thi Phuong teaches a class in Van Chai, Vietnam without books or electricity”, and “Syrian refugee students at one of the Unicef schools at Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, near the border with Syria.” These slides can be used to elicit the student’s observations about the lives and education of these students and as an opportunity for pair, group or class discussion. Slide 9 then repeats slide 2: Asking How do you feel now? And gives various options: Sleepy, sad, scared, lucky, inspired, happy, fed up, grumpy, excited, nervous, positive. Or maybe something else? Slide 10 asks What was the best thing you did this summer? Slide 11 states Maybe you did something extraordinary….. and shows pictures of various Olympians from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Slide 11 continues the theme of doing something extraordinary and shows a picture and brief description of the amazing Malala Yousafzai who was targeted by Taliban gunmen in 2012 for expressing her views on education. Slide 13 asks: Will you do something extraordinary this year? What goals will you aim for? Slide 14 – 17 give suggestions e.g Maybe a physical challenge? Make the football team, Run 5K, Learn a new sport, Start training for Tokyo 2020! Beat my swimming PB & Exercise every day. The other challenges are Creative, Academic and Something Else e.g. volunteer, raise money for charity… Slide 18 says Picture yourself achieving your goal. How does it make you feel? And gives various options: Sleepy, sad, scared, lucky, inspired, happy, fed up, grumpy, excited, nervous, positive. Or maybe something else? Slide 19 has the brilliant Nelson Mandela quotation: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Finally slide 20 says Have a great school year! Enjoy!
French Teaching Resources PowerPoint: Booking A Hotel Room
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French Teaching Resources PowerPoint: Booking A Hotel Room

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Expressions: Vous avez… une chambre pour une personne une chambre double/ avec un grand lit une chambre avec lits jumeaux de libre, s’il vous plaît? Pour… une nuit. deux nuits. une semaine. une quinzaine de jours. Pour… une personne. deux personnes. deux adultes et deux enfants. Il y a…. WC une douche une salle de bains une télévision ...dans la chambre? Je voudrais aussi une chambre accessible aux handicapés. Je suis en fauteuil roulant. Il y a… un restaurant un ascenseur un parking une piscine ....à l’hôtel? The slides have the phrase and a picture. Use this to elicit the pronunciation, the English and to drill.
French Teaching Resources School Buildings and Facilities PowerPoints and Worksheet.
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French Teaching Resources School Buildings and Facilities PowerPoints and Worksheet.

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The first slide encourages the students to actively engage with the new vocabulary: working in teams, using their prior knowledge, knowledge of other languages and using a process of elimination to figure out the meanings. They then discuss the pronunciation and question each other before the teacher checks with the whole class. Mon école est vieille/ moderne. C’est une école mixte. Il y a 2500 élèves. Il y a soixante salles. Il y a une bibliothèque. Il y a une cantine. Il y a un centre sportif. Il y a dix labos. Il y a un terrain de sport. Il y a douze salles d’informatique. The next slides have the phrase and a picture. Use this to elicit the pronunciation, the English and to drill. The next section of slides have “either **** or ****?” questions. Then there are "what's missing?" slides. The final slide has pictures of all the phrases. This can be used for a Beat the Teacher game, which the students love! The teacher points to a picture and says a word. If it is the correct word the students all repeat it. If its the wrong word the students must stay absolutely silent. If they do, they win 1 point. If not, the teacher gets 1 point. Most points wins! The worksheet have a French to English match up of the new expressions. This is followed by a gap-fill where the words needed to fill in the gaps are jumbled up in brackets after the gaps (except for the school name). E.g. Mon école ____________ (aes’plple) __________________________. C’est une _________ (iieellv) école mixte près du centre-ville. ______ (y il a) environ deux mille cinq cents ________ (éèlevs) Then there is a further gap-fill which covers related topics about favourite subject, the school day etc.E.g. Some : Remplissez les blancs: L’école commence à ____________ (ithu hseeur) et demie. Chaque cours dure ______ (nue) heure. J’apprends treize ____________ (esmèrtia). J’adore ________ (sanlg’lai) car c’est ______ (rstè) intéressant, mais nous avons beaucoup de _________ (irdeovs). The final extension task is to: Écrivez 7 questions difficiles sur les textes! There is also a 4 slide PowerPoint with the answers.
French Teaching Resources. La Fête Nationale. Bastille Day. Le 14 juillet. La Révolution Française.
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French Teaching Resources. La Fête Nationale. Bastille Day. Le 14 juillet. La Révolution Française.

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This lesson teaches students about the French Revolution and how a Fête Nationale/ Bastille Day/ Le 14 juillet is celebrated. It uses colourful slides, images and animations, 3 YouTube links, matching cards and karaoke! A fun end of term lesson! Slide 2 states the objective: To learn facts and vocabulary related to La Révolution Française and La Fête Nationale! All: Will learn 7 new facts and French words. Most: Will learn 9 . Some: Will learn 10+ . Slide 3 presents the following vocabulary: Le clergé La noblesse Le Tiers-État Le roi La reine La Bastille (une prison) La guillotine Le Tricolore It is differentiated: All: Match the French and the picture (there are some English words to help!). Most: Perfect Pronunciation Challenge! Some: Share what you know about La Révolution Française. Slides 4 – 11 show each word with images and animations so you can drill the new vocabulary. Slide 12 has all the pictures for each new word. Then there is graded questioning: Slides 13 – 20 show an image and provide 2 possible answers. Slides 21- 30 are “What’s missing?” slides. Slide 30 is to be used in conjunction with the French worksheet and the YouTube video (in English) The French Revolution In a Nutshell (2 mins 50 secs) which is a cartoon-style clear and concise summary – really fun! Then the students watch the video: All: Complete Exercise A. Most: AND Exercise B. Some: AND note down any additional facts and French vocabulary. * The answers are on the first 2 pages of the PDF. Extract examples of questions: A. Cochez les choses que vous voyez: le Tricolore un canon le monde Le clergé la noblesse le Tiers-État B. Choisissez la bonne réponse: 1. Avant la Révolution il y avait trois rangs : A. La reine, le roi et le Tiers-État. B. Le clergé, la noblesse et le Tiers-État. C. Le roi, le clergé et la noblesse. Slide 32 states: Pour fêter La Fête Nationale il y a des défilés militaires. Le défilé le plus célèbre a lieu sur l’Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Le soir il y a des feux d’artifice, des concerts et des bals. And there is a link to an English language commentary of Bastille Day celebrations on YouTube (1 min 34 secs). Slide 33 explains the Marseillaise and sets out the task (using English and French matching cards): Slide 34 has the Marseillaise in English and French. Slide 35 is a Marseillaise Karaoke slide and links to YouTube. Finally Slide 36 provides time for reflection. I hope you enjoy these resources!
French Teaching Resources: Pronunciation Sheet.
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French Teaching Resources: Pronunciation Sheet.

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This simple sheet helps students to practise their pronunciation. Information included: French pronunciation! In French, many words are not pronounced as we would expect! Here are a few rules to help: • The letters “t” and “s” are not pronounced (are silent) if they are at the end of the word. e.g. français, chat. • The letter “h” is also silent e.g. hôtel, hôpital. • The letters “th” are pronounced “t” e.g. théâtre, thé. • If the letter “c” has a cedilla attached it is pronounced like the letter “s” e.g çava. • The letters “se” at the end of a word are pronounced “z” e.g. française. • the letters “ent” at the end of a word are not pronounced e.g. ils jouent. I first write up the words on the board and ask the students to discuss the pronunciation. Then I talk the students through the sheet and drill them. Finally I test the student's knowledge with a game of noughts and crosses in teams. I draw the grid in the board and give each square a number. Then a student chooses a square for their team and I write one of the words in the square. To win the square they must pronounce the word correctly. If they get it wrong the other team can steal the square if they pronounce the word correctly. The students love this game!
French Teaching Resources: Emphatic Pronouns Worksheet.
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French Teaching Resources: Emphatic Pronouns Worksheet.

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Differentiated worksheet to practise emphatic pronouns. Content: The emphatic pronouns are listed in French and English. Moi Toi Lui Elle Soi Nous Vous Eux Elles EXAMPLE CONTENT: A. Emphatic pronouns are used after prepositions e.g. Je m’entends bien avec elle = ______*students write in the English Je m’entends bien avec lui = __________________________ Sans vous = without _______ B. Emphatic pronouns are used for comparisons e.g. Je suis plus grand qu’elle = ____________________________________. Elle est plus drôle que lui = ____________________________________. C. Emphatic pronouns are used for emphasis e.g. Moi, je suis travailleur, mais toi, tu es paresseux ! = ___________ Moi, je veux une glace = ____________________________. D. They are also used on their own e.g. Qui a un chat? Toi! Lui! Elle! Moi! = _____________________. Exercice A. Complétez et traduisez en anglais. 1. Je m’entends bien avec ______ (them). = ________________. 2. Je ne m’entends pas avec _____ (him). = ________________. Extra (extension task): 1. La femme est derrière ______ (us). = ____________________. 2. David Beckham est plus mignon que _____ (him). = _________. 3. Angelina Jolie est plus intelligente que _____ (her). = ________. Extra extra !: Écrivez 7 phrases en utilisant des pronoms disjonctifs. Write 7 sentences using emphatic pronouns. (Try to use a range of tenses and adjectives and write complex sentences).
French Teaching Resources. PowerPoint Presentation: Sports
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French Teaching Resources. PowerPoint Presentation: Sports

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Expressions: Le football. Le tennis. Le rugby. Le ping-pong. Le surf. La voile. La natation. Le vélo. Le skate. Le patinage. L’équitation. The first slide encourages the students to actively engage with the new vocabulary: working in teams, using their prior knowledge, knowledge of other languages and using a process of elimination to figure out the meanings. They then discuss the pronunciation and question each other before the teacher checks with the whole class. The next slides have the phrase and a picture. Use this to elicit the pronunciation, the English and to drill. The next section of slides have multiple choice questions. Then there are "what's missing?" slides. The final slide has pictures of all the phrases. This can be used for a Beat the Teacher game, which the students love! The teacher points to a picture and says a word. If it is the correct word the students all repeat it. If its the wrong word the students must stay absolutely silent. If they do, they win 1 point. If not, the teacher gets 1 point. Most points wins!
French Teaching Resources. PowerPoint: Weekend Activities in the Present Tense.
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French Teaching Resources. PowerPoint: Weekend Activities in the Present Tense.

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Expressions: Je regarde la télé. (regarder) Je danse. (danser) Je joue sur une console. (jouer) Je surfe sur Internet. (surfer) J’écoute de la musique. (écouter) Je retrouve des amis. (retrouver) Je vais au cinéma. (aller) Je vais à la pêche. (aller) The first slide encourages the students to actively engage with the new vocabulary: working in teams, using their prior knowledge, knowledge of other languages and using a process of elimination to figure out the meanings. They then discuss the pronunciation and question each other (QFQs = Quick Fire Questions) before the teacher checks with the whole class. The next slides have each phrase and a picture. Use this to elicit the pronunciation, the English and to drill. The next section of slides have multiple choice questions. Then there are "Qu’est-ce que c’est?" slides. The final slide has pictures of all the phrases. This can be used for a Beat the Teacher game, which the students love! The teacher points to a picture and says a word. If it is the correct word the students all repeat it. If its the wrong word the students must stay absolutely silent. If they do, they win 1 point. If not, the teacher gets 1 point. Most points wins!
French Teaching Resources: PowerPoint: Shopping for Clothes
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French Teaching Resources: PowerPoint: Shopping for Clothes

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Expressions: A. Je peux vous aider? B. Je cherche une jupe en laine. A. En quelle taille? B. En taille grande/ moyenne/ petite. A. Quelle couleur voulez-vous? B. Du bleu. Je peux essayer ça? A. Oui, il y a une cabine là-bas. B. Ça fait combien? A. Ça fait 20 Euros. The first slides have the phrase and a picture. Use this to elicit the pronunciation, the English and to drill. The final slide puts the whole role-play together. Print this off and ask the students to perform it!
French Teaching Resources Colours Worksheet
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French Teaching Resources Colours Worksheet

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This worksheet is accompanied by a PowerPoint so students can speedily mark their work! All: The first sections asks students to write in the English for the following colours: Jaune Bleu/ bleue Blanc/ Blanche Gris/ Grise Marron/ brun/ brune Noir/ noire Rouge Vert/ verte Orange Violet/ violette Rose They then complete the little colour-by-numbers activity. The students answer the following questions in their own words: Colours are adjectives (describing words). Why there are sometimes 2 ways to say a colour e.g. noir, noire? ________________________________________________________________ Why is there sometimes only 1 way e.g. rouge? ________________________________________________________________ Which colours are irregular and do not follow either pattern? ________________________________________________________________ Most: There is a divide the words activity – drawing lines between the individual colours. Rougevertjaunebleuroseorangenoirblancbrunmarronviolet Then there are 4 unjumbling questions e.g. 1. terv = _________ 2. lebu = _________ Then there are 4 colour combining questions e.g. 1. rouge + blanc = _________ 2. bleu + jaune = __________ Some: Combines colours and classroom objects with a gap-fill of 8 questions e.g. Une trousse bl_________ Un crayon ro_________ U___ li_______ bl_________ U____ cahier ma_________
Spanish Teaching Resources: Greetings PowerPoint, Worksheet & Battleships Game.
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Spanish Teaching Resources: Greetings PowerPoint, Worksheet & Battleships Game.

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The first PowerPoint slide has all the phrases to be taught on it: 1. Hola. 2. Buenos días. 3. Buenas tardes. 4. Buenas noches. 5. ¿Qué tal? 6. ¡Fenomenal! 7. Muy bien, gracias. 8. Bien, gracias. 9. Bien. 10. Fatal. It encourages the students to actively engage with the new vocabulary: working in teams, using their prior knowledge, knowledge of other languages and using a process of elimination to figure out the meanings. They then discuss the pronunciation and question each other before the teacher checks with the whole class. The next slides have the phrase and a picture. Use this to elicit the pronunciation, the English and to drill. I always elicit a gesture to represent each greeting which can then be used for a fun game of Simon Says! The next section of slides have multiple choice questions. Then there are "what's missing?" slides. The final slide has pictures of all the new vocabulary. This can be used for a Beat the Teacher game, which the students love! The teacher points to a picture and says a word. If it is the correct word the students all repeat it. If it’s the wrong word the students must stay absolutely silent. If they do, they win 1 point. If not, the teacher gets 1 point. Most points wins! This worksheet has 3 sections, the first is a word match for English and Spanish greetings. Vocabulary: 1. Hola. 2. Buenos días. 3. Buenas tardes. 4. Buenas noches. 5. ¿Qué tal? 6. ¡Fenomenal! 7. Muy bien, gracias. 8. Bien, gracias. 9. Bien. 10. Fatal. The next section is a complete the sentence challenge where certain letters have been removed. Make this more difficult by telling the students to cover up the Spanish words listed above. The next (extra) section involves unjumbling a group of words to find the correct greetings. Again, make this more difficult by telling the students to cover up the Spanish words listed above. Then there is an extension task to create their own crossword. The battleships can be used to reinforce the new expressions. Please see another battleships product description for instructions on how to play - I have reached my word limit for this resource description!!
French Teaching Resources. Premiere Guerre Mondiale. World War 1/ Armistice.
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French Teaching Resources. Premiere Guerre Mondiale. World War 1/ Armistice.

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I designed these activities to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. These resources could also be used each year to commemorate the Armistice. I really wanted the students to experience and express an emotional connection with the topic and can honestly say that they produced some extremely moving written work in response to the material. They were also studying themed lessons in History, English and Drama lessons on the topic of World War 1. I spent 2 lessons on these activities and used them with my Year 9 students (aged 13-14). I feel it would also work well with Year 10 students (aged 14-15) and younger Gifted students. The PowerPoint guides you through the material. It starts with a YouTube link to play as the students enter the classroom. This shows footage of trench warfare and I felt this powerfully set the scene for the lesson to come. Slide 3 presents the objective: To learn about La Première Guerre Mondale and to respond creatively to your learning. This is then differentiated into All, Most and Some. I then give out the cards to unjumble the following text: Les 3 et 4 août 1914, l’Allemagne, la France et l’Angleterre se déclaraient la guerre. C’était le début de la première guerre mondiale. Elle allait durer quatre ans. Pendant la guerre, environ 19 millions de personnes sont mortes (9,7 millions de militaires). En 1918 on comptait 1 325 000 soldats français morts. Beaucoup étaient très jeunes. Les conditions de vie dans les tranchées étaient très difficiles. Il faisait froid. Il y avait de la boue et les soldats étaient souvent sales. Il n’y avait pas d’électricité et pas de chauffage. Les hommes dormaient dehors. They found the text unjumbling activity pretty challenging so I circulated and game plenty of support. It is definitely worthwhile printing out slide 4 which gives useful vocabulary translations to support the students. The students then watch a 4 minute extract from the film Joyeux Noel (make sure you have the English subtitles) and complete the worksheet. If you do not have the DVD you may be able to find the correct extract on YouTube. The students then have time to produce their creative response. Weaker student can produce and acrostic or a calligramme using their support sheet. Stronger students may adapt the Nelson Mandela Poem to write about La Guerre. More gifted students can read through the letter from the frontline in the book Lulu Et La Grande Guerre (scan attached) and write their own letter. I asked the students to read out/ present their work to the class and we created a stunning display of the student’s work. Finally there is a slide to reflect on What Went Well (WWW) and Even Better If (EBI).
French Teaching Resources. Millionaire Game: Present, Perf, Future, Conditional.
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French Teaching Resources. Millionaire Game: Present, Perf, Future, Conditional.

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This Who Wants To Be a Millionaire PowerPoint revises the Present, Perfect, Future and Conditional tenses. It can be used at the beginning of the year and throughout the year for revision. I give the students a mini whiteboard. The task is differentiated as follows: Tout le monde: Choisissez la bonne lettre. La majorité: Traduisez une autre phrase et identifiez le temps. Quelques personnes: Traduisez toutes les autres phrases et identifiez tous les temps. Enjoy!
French Teaching Resources PowerPoint: My school. Mon école/ collège/ lycée!
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French Teaching Resources PowerPoint: My school. Mon école/ collège/ lycée!

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This 7 slide PowerPoint can be edited to describe your school. The slides have the phrase and a picture. Use this to elicit the pronunciation, the English and to drill. It presents the following phrases: Mon école/ collège/ lycée! Mon école s’appelle *** C’est une école…. …mixte. …moderne. …bien équipée. C’est une vieille école. I l y a 14 élèves dans ma classe. Il y a 900 élèves en tout. L’année scolaire commence début septembre et finit fin juin. Les cours commencent à 9 heures et finissent à 15 heures 40. Il y a sept cours par jour. Un cours dure une heure. La récréation dure vingt minutes. Le déjeuner dure quarante minutes. J’ai une heure et demie de devoirs tous les soirs. Je prépare un examen qui s’appelle le GCSE.
French Teaching Resources. The Future Perfect. Presentation & Battleships.
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French Teaching Resources. The Future Perfect. Presentation & Battleships.

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This short 4 slide PowerPoint can be used to elicit the formation of the Future Perfect tense. You may wish to follow this with my Battleships Game to re-enforce the learning. Battleships Expressions: Quand j’aurai fait mes devoirs Lorsque nous aurons joué au tennis Dès que vous serez retourné(e)(s) de vacances Aussitôt que tu auras écrit la lettre Une fois que j’aurai bu mon café je me coucherai. j’aurai faim. mon frère fera du VTT. nous irons en ville. ils feront les magasins. je serai fatigué(e). Battleships Game Instructions The students love this competitive and fun game! I use this battleships game (which can also be used as a lotto grid) to help students to practise their pronunciation and to reinforce new vocabulary and grammatical structures. Firstly I ask the students to work independently in pairs to translate the expressions. The students then focus on pronunciation and decide the two easiest and two most difficult words to pronounce. I then check the translations and drill pronunciation with the whole class before they play the game. The students secretly choose 5 squares on the top grid and then try to guess which 5 squares their partner has chosen, filling in the bottom grid with “hit” and “miss.” To choose a square say a phrase from the horizontal line and complete the sentence with a phrase from the vertical line. Where the 2 phrases meet up is the square you have chosen. I use the English language sheet to further challenge the students: they should place this on top of the French version and then try to play the game saying the French phrases as far as possible from memory. I allow the really weak students to have the French version next to the English version so they have lots of support, stronger students are allowed a few “sneaky peaks” at the French version and the really strong students aim to refer back to the French version as little as possible. This really helps the students to memorise the vocabulary/structures! During the game I circulate the classroom checking pronunciation. This is followed by whole class drilling of pronunciation mistakes. Enjoy!
Spanish Teaching Resources. School Bag Items PowerPoint
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Spanish Teaching Resources. School Bag Items PowerPoint

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Spanish PowerPoint introducing school bag vocabulary: tengo/ me hace falta + pen, pencil, exercise book, text book, pencil sharpener, folder, dictionary, ruler, pencil case, rubber, diary. I have broken the vocabulary down into 2 sections. The first slides have the phrase and a picture. Use this to elicit the pronunciation, the English and to drill. The next section of slides have multiple choice questions. Then there are "¿Qué es?" slides. More vocabulary is presented, followed by multiple choice questions and "what's missing?" slides.The final slide has pictures of all the new vocabulary. This can be used for a Beat the Teacher game, which the students love! The teacher points to a picture and says a word. If it is the correct word the students all repeat it. If it’s the wrong word the students must stay absolutely silent. If they do, they win 1 point. If not, the teacher gets 1 point. Most points wins!
French Teaching Resources Classroom Instructions PowerPoint & Fanfold.
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French Teaching Resources Classroom Instructions PowerPoint & Fanfold.

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The first slide encourages the students to actively engage with the new vocabulary: working in teams, using their prior knowledge, knowledge of other languages and using a process of elimination to figure out the meanings. They then discuss the pronunciation and question each other before the teacher checks with the whole class. Phrases: Asseyez-vous. Levez-vous. Levez la main. Travaillez avec votre partenaire. Prenez un stylo. Ouvrez les cahiers. Pour les devoirs…. Écrivez. Lisez. Parlez. Écoutez. Rangez vos affaires. The next slides have the phrase and a picture. Use this to elicit the pronunciation, the English and to drill. The next section of slides have multiple choice questions. Then there are "what's missing?" slides. The final slide has pictures of all the phrases. This can be used for a Beat the Teacher game, which the students love! The teacher points to a picture and says a word. If it is the correct word the students all repeat it. If it’s the wrong word the students must stay absolutely silent. If they do, they win 1 point. If not, the teacher gets 1 point. Most points wins! There is also a fanfold to help the students to learn the phrases. They fold over the sheet of paper so they can only see the English and try to write the French. They then open up the sheet and make any corrections. Then they fold over the sheet of paper so they can only see the French and try to write the English. They then open up the sheet and make any corrections. They continue writing and folding until they have filled in the whole sheet. By this time they have hopefully memorised all the phrases!
September Harvest Festival Assembly, tutor/ form time/ PSHE. Food for Thought.
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September Harvest Festival Assembly, tutor/ form time/ PSHE. Food for Thought.

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This 18 slide Harvest Festival assembly, tutor/form time/ PSHE presentation aims to show the students how fortunate they are and to consider the problem of food waste. I have used colourful images and animations and kept text to a minimum. There are several opportunities for audience participation, pairwork, groupwork and class discussion. The first slide has a teaser to get the students thinking. There are pictures of wheat, sugar cane, sugar beet, a chicken, a cow and some strawberries. The students have to think what the connection could be. Encourage the students to be imaginative in their responses! The second slide shows the link: the origin of ingredients to make a Victoria Sponge Cake! Slide 3 asks How much do you THINK about the food you eat? Slide 4 states: Gives a brief description of Harvest Festival. Slide 5 states: Harvest Festivals are celebrated around the world such as…. Slides 6 – 8 name and have pictures of 3 festivals: The Blessing of the Sea in Greece, The Rice Harvest in Bali, Indonesia and The Rice Harvest in Bali, Indonesia Slide 9 states: These festivals focus on giving thanks and being grateful for the food on our plate. Slide 10 asks: How much do you THINK about the food you eat? Here is some food for thought… Slide 11 states: These days we import food from all over the world. If our crops fail we can still eat. Slide 12 states: Other people are not as fortunate. Today, famine is most widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is caused by many factors such as drought, crop failure and war. It is also influenced by climate change. Slide 13 shows a picture of a mountain of parsnips and says: Here is a bumper crop of parsnips. However, the following 2 clicks give the following information: Hang on……these are actually waste parsnips in the UK, thrown away because they don’t look right. Slide 14 shows the famine picture beside the mountain of parsnips picture and asks: How do these pictures make you feel? Slide 15 states: Fortunately charities such as FareShare are doing something about food waste. They save good food destined for waste in the UK and send it to charities and community groups who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people. Some FareShare facts are displayed. If you want to read up the website address is http://www.fareshare.org.uk/ and there are probably locally-run groups in your area which you may want to research and perhaps even support. Slide 16 asks: Do you waste food? What can you do to reduce your waste? Slide 17 says: This Harvest Festival take a moment to think about how lucky we are and what you can do to help others…. Slide 18 says: …including the chef! On this slide is the quotation: cooking with love provides food for the soul. Enjoy! If there are other assemblies that you need let me know and I’ll see what I can do!
French Teaching Resources. Greetings Worksheet, Battleships Game & Song!
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French Teaching Resources. Greetings Worksheet, Battleships Game & Song!

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Worksheet Expressions: 1. Bonjour 2. Salut 3. Au revoir 4. Ça va? 5. Ça va très bien, merci 6. Ça va bien, merci 7. Ça va 8. Comme ci comme ça 9. Bof 10. Ça ne va pas 11. Et toi? 12. Tu t'appelles comment? 13. Je m'appelle… This worksheet has 3 sections, the first is a word match for English and French greetings. The next section is a complete the sentence challenge where certain letters have been removed. Make this more difficult by telling the students to cover up the French words listed above. The next (extra) section involves unjumbling a group of words to find the correct greetings. Again, make this more difficult by telling the students to cover up the French words listed above. Then there is an extension task to create their own comic strip. Battleships Expressions: Bonjour! Ça va? Salut! Ça va? Bonsoir. Ça va? Je m’appelle ***. Ça va? Ça va très bien, merci. Ça va bien, merci. Ça va. Comme ci comme ça. Bof. Ça ne va pas/ ça va mal. Battleships Game Instructions I use this battleships game (which can also be used as a lotto grid) to help students to practise their pronunciation and to reinforce new vocabulary and grammatical structures. Firstly I ask the students to work independently in pairs to translate the expressions. I then check the translations and drill pronunciation with the whole class before they play the game. The students secretly choose 5 squares on the top grid and then try to guess which 5 squares their partner has chosen, filling in the bottom grid with “hit” and “miss.” To choose a square say a phrase from the horizontal line and complete the sentence with a phrase from the vertical line. Where the 2 phrases meet up is the square you have chosen. I use the English language sheet to further challenge the students: they should place this on top of the French version and then try to play the game saying the French phrases as far as possible from memory. I allow the really weak students to have the French version next to the English version so they have lots of support, stronger students are allowed a few “sneaky peaks” at the French version and the really strong students aim to refer back to the French version as little as possible. During the game I circulate the classroom checking pronunciation. This is followed by whole class drilling of pronunciation mistakes. Enjoy! Song: 1 slide PowerPoint: Salut! Salut ! salut! Salut ! Comment vas-tu ? Ça va bien ; donc, à demain. Salut ! Salut ! (tune =  Hi-Ho: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs). 
French Teaching Resources. Numbers, Fractions & Statistics Matching Cards
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French Teaching Resources. Numbers, Fractions & Statistics Matching Cards

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These matching cards can be used either to elicit numbers, fractions and statistics or to revise previous learning. It can be used at the beginning of the year or throughout the year as a warmer/ starter activity. Expressions: Une moitié. Un tiers. Un/une sur dix. Virgule. Un quart. La majorité Mille. Un million. Un milliard. Quinze virgule six pourcent. Une quinzaine de jours You may choose to have different levels of challenge. For example, Level 1 = match the cards and discuss the pronunciation. Level 2 = match the cards , discuss the pronunciation and then have quick fire questions from French to English, whereby 1 student closes their eyes and their partner reads out the French cards which the student must translate into English from memory. Level 3 = As Level 2 but the quick fire questions are from English to French. Following checking there are 2 fun games to play, either pelmenism or a game I learnt in Japan called Karuta. In Karuta the students put the English language cards to one side and spread out the French cards in front of them. I then say the English and the students compete to touch the correct French card first. Whoever touches it first wins the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. The students love this game!