At Bilbrook Middle School we teach French to all students from Year 5 upwards. Students are taught in mixed ability classes except for Year 8 who are grouped according to ability. We use ActivTeach and Studio textbooks for much of our course work.
Throughout the four years during which French is taught at Bilbrook Middle School, the department liaises closely with the other three schools in the pyramid to ensure a smooth transition at the end of Year 8. Students will be given plenty of opportunities to develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Recalling vocabulary and grammar structures from memory are a very important part of language learning.
There are several ways in which you can help your child, even if you do not know any French yourself.
1. Encourage them to teach you the things which they are learning in class.
2. Help them with learning homework. Even if you do not know any French you can call out the words in English and ask your child to write them down in French.
3. If you are able to spend a holiday in France or even go on a day visit, this can provide a valuable opportunity for your child to practise some of the structures learnt in class.
4. There are useful websites your child can access which provide practice in the vocabulary learnt in school. These include:–
Year 5 Curriculum
The course book used this year will be Studio 1.
Much of the spoken work will be in the form of role plays using material from the text books or simple ones written by the pupils themselves. This will involve pupils co-operating with others, either in pairs or small groups.
They will perform simple written tasks most of which will be with help from written cues. Students will be required to learn items of vocabulary and reproduce these from memory. This is a very important aspect of language learning.
Year 6 Curriculum
The course book used this year will continue to be Studio 1 with supplementary materials being used as and when necessary.
This year students will build on the skills and knowledge acquired in Year 5 and continue to develop their expertise in all four language skills. The length and difficulty of written tasks will increase and students will be asked more frequently to reproduce both spoken and written phrases/sentences from memory including an opinion.
Year 7 Curriculum
The course book used this year will be Studio 2 Rouge or Studio 2 Vert depending on ability with supplementary materials being used as and when necessary.
This year students will continue to build on the skills acquired in Years 5 and 6. The length and difficulty of written tasks will increase and students will be asked to regularly reproduce both spoken and written passages from memory which will need to include more than one tense and a range of connectives and time phrases
Year 8 Curriculum
The course book used this year will be Studio 3 Rouge or Studio 3 Vert depending on ability with supplementary materials being used as and when necessary.
Obviously this is an important year as students prepare to transfer to another school. The length and difficulty of written tasks will continue to increase and students will be asked to regularly reproduce both spoken and written passages from memory which will need to include more than three tense, a wide range of connectives and time phrases and varied vocabulary.
The key to success this year will be careful learning of new vocabulary and structures as students will often need to recall work covered in earlier units at a later date. This will prove to be a vital skill when approaching G.C.S.E.
If there is any other information you would like about any of the French courses, please let us know.
Mrs E Noble
Co-ordinator of Modern Languages.