The French Revolution

New for Year 8 – a short piece of work about the French Revolution. It’s a bit like History, but with fewer inventions and more heads chopped off.

What do you already know about the French Revolution? Anything? Nothing?

Add something to this “Answer Garden”. You’re only allowed 20 characters, so think about it. What about a year, or a person or a place?

Click the link to add your thought. and you can also leave a comment here if you like.

Any ideas about the French Revolution?… at

Year 8 Speaking

Assessment next week!

Click the link for AT2 Speaking levels

Just a reminder to my Year 8 students – you’re going to present to the class a prepared conversation about food and drink. This is about speaking, not reading from a script! You need to practise with  your partner to try and make your conversation sound “natural”. You will be allowed a Post-it with some key words on to prompt you as you do this. I’ve added a link to the level criteria to remind you what you’re aiming for. Have a look at let me know if there’s anything that you’re not sure about.

Year 7 Module 4

Bonjour Year 7! It’s testing time again.

You’re going to have a mini assessment  – just reading and listening – on the work we’ve done so far in Module 4.

You should revise:

  • asking about places in a town
  • asking and understanding directions
  • saying where you are and where you’re going
  • saying where someone else is & where they are going
  • using the preposition “à” to say “to” or “at”
  • linking simple sentences with connectives




Hello Mylo

We’ve started to use the Hello Mylo site in Key Stage 3. Why not do some of the basic skills tasks or some of the challenges at home. Just go to and log in. If you don’t already have access you should register as a learner. You will have to put in a personal email address to do this, as you will be sent a message to verify your registration. You will only receive one email from the site, unless you have ticked the “email update” box. Ask your parents if you’re not sure about this.

Year 8 have been asked to work through the challenge “The greatest chef in all of Montreal” which links nicely with the new module “Manger et Boire”.

Year 6 Speaking

As part of your Module 2 assessment you will have the chance to answer some questions in French. You should try to prepare answers, thinking about how the words sound and how clear you voice is. You shouldn’t be nervous as you have answered lots of questions like this in class over the last few weeks.

The questions will be about yourself, your family and pets – all of the things you have been studying this term.

  • Tu as des frères ou des soeurs ?
  • Tu as un animal ?
  • Décris ta personalité.
  • Décris tes cheveux et tes yeux.

Bonne chance!

Remember, you can ask a question or make a comment on anything on the blog.

Sites worth a visit?

After talking to my Y8 pupils about the importance of learning verb endings and the irregular verbs, I started to look around for websites that might help you to help you understand a little bit more , or even to get more out of French.

There are thousands of websites, blogs from French teachers and schools, pay sites from companies and individuals, sponsored free sites, sites put up by education authorities, … the list goes on.

I’ve tried to select a few that you may find helpful. Have a look at them and let me know what you think. Maybe you can suggest some others? Improve your skills on verbs in different languages  Enter French or English verbs in any form of conjugation.  It is aimed at learners of French as a foreign language, but can also be used by native French speakers. On these pages, you can hear all the sounds of the French alphabet, and you will also find exercises to learn how to distinguish between sounds, as well as games to help you practise the sounds and rhythms of the French language The Digital Dialects website features free to use online games for learning languages. Language resources include games for learning phrases, numbers, useful words, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabets. some great resources from Ripon Grammar School loads of resources for language learners news in French for kids BBC langage sites for all key stages

Some revision – “futur proche”

We can talk about things we’re going to do soon by using the present tense of “aller” + infinitive.


Je vais porter un pull -I’m going to wear a jumper

Elle va regarder un film – She’s going to watch a film


aller – to go


je vais                     –         I go /  am going

tu vas                     –         you go / are going

il / elle / on va                   –         he / she goes / is going, “we” go / are going

nous allons              –         we go / are going

vous allez                –         you go / are going

ils / elles vont           –         they go / are going

Year 7 Speaking

For the “parler” part of your assessment you should prepare answers to these questions.

  • Où habites-tu ?
  • C’est où ?
  • Tu habites dans un appartement ?
  • Qu’est-ce qu’il y a au rez-de-chaussée ? Au premier étage ?
  • Tu manges à quelle heure le soir ?
  • Qu’est-ce que tu fais le soir, après le dîner ?
  • Il y a quelque chose que tu ne fais pas ?
  • Qu’est-ce que tu fais le weekend ?

Remember that you won’t be asked all of the questions, but you should be ready for them all. If you have revised the module well, then none of this should be too much of  a problem !

Bonne chance !