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The Key Stage 2 Programme of Study for Languages states that primary school pupils should be taught to ‘understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied.’
But it doesn’t give much specifics in terms of what grammar should be taught, to what level, and, crucially, how to ensure progression across all four years of Key Stage 2.
This is why Lara Townsend and Tracy Davies have written Getting to Grips with French Grammar at Key Stage 2.
Getting to Grips with French Grammar at Key Stage 2 breaks the French language into the key elements of gender, verbs and sentence buiding and forming questions, and provides a model of progression for each one.
Detailed assessment activities demonstrate how grammar can be assessed within a variety of contexts, alongside other aspects for the Language Programme of Study.
You can order Getting to Grips with French Grammar on our website either in PDF for £10.99 or as a hardcopy book for £15.99. There is also the option to buy both the hardcopy and PDF together at a discounted price of £19.29.
Which sport do you think Snow White was good at?
‘Blanche-Neige et les nains sportifs’ is one of 10 humorous French plays written for primary school and lower secondary school children to help them improve their French. For this week only, we are giving you a free giveaway ebook of ‘Blanche-Neige et les nains sportifs’ (Snow White and the Sporty Dwarves). Why not try it with your children? We would like to hear their views of it.
Just in case you are wondering, the answer is that Snow White likes …………….. golf. If you want to know why, download the free giveaway!
These 10 short plays, specially written for teaching French in primary schools, are adaptations of well-known stories using characters which are already known to your children. Each story is given a humorous twist to capture the imagination of your children. For example, Rapunzel lives at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Your children will enjoy the challenge of learning a French play and will gain confidence performing it to an audience of adults and/or fellow pupils. Children will probably need several weeks to rehearse and prepare for the performances which usually last 5–10 minutes.
The stage directions are detailed as some of the story and humour is conveyed through the characters’ actions. Most of the lines are short simple phrases that pupils are likely to know already or are easy to learn.
Each play has a specific language focus, making it easy to link the plays to topics the pupils are studying. For example Cendrillon gives children practice at expressing opinions and uses language useful for home activities. It uses simple phrases in the present tense. Another play, la Petite Poule Rousse, uses simple phrases containing verbs with ‘je’. It allows children to practise language useful for mealtimes.
The book contains 10 reproducible scripts, English translations and suggestions for performing the plays. The CD-Rom included with the book contains audio files of native French speakers performing the plays as well as a pdf version of the book which can be used on interactive white boards. There are sample pages on our website.
You can order the ‘Fun French Fairy Tale Plays’ in any of these ways:
• On our website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
• By phone on 01449 766629
• By fax on 01449 768047
• By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Make a drama out of teaching French in the primary classroom
It is imperative that a diverse range of teaching and learning methods are used in the primary classroom, not least because one child will have a very different preferred learning style to the next. Yet there are very few French teaching resources that respond to the needs of kinaesthetic learners, which is why we have produced Fun French Fairy Tale Plays, written by Dot Hamilton.
These 10 specially written plays are adaptations of well-known stories; however each story is given a special twist to add humour. For example, Rapunzel lives at the top of the Eiffel Tower and Snow White loves to play sports, especially golf!
The plays provide an ideal way of motivating children aged 7–13 to learn French. Indeed, pupils will enjoy the challenge of learning a French script and will subsequently gain confidence through performing it to an audience of adults and/or their fellow pupils.
The plays use simple repetitive language and are easily adaptable. Each play has a specific language focus, making it easy to link the plays to topics that the pupils are studying.
The book contains reproducible scripts, English translations and suggestions for performing the plays, and the CD-Rom contains audio files of native French speakers performing the plays, as well as a pdf version of the book.
Christmas is a very busy time in primary schools. With special assemblies, carol concerts and present-making for parents, not to mention report writing, there’s always a lot going on.
But this doesn’t mean that you can’t find time to teach French. Our practical resources, songs and fun French storybooks (from the Luc et Sophie series) make it easy to get into the festive season during your language lessons.
Here are just a few of our great resources for primary school teachers for teaching French at Christmas time. We have lots more resources, including ones for teaching Spanish, German and Italian at Christmas time) on our website.
According to an article in the Daily Mail today, French is on course to be the world’s most commonly spoken language by 2050. This is because it is spoken in sub-Saharan Africa, an area with high population growth.