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”.

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 !

Vouloir, pouvoir & devoir

Year 8  have been looking at the present tense of these verbs.

They are modal verbs and are generally followed by an infinitive.

  • Vouloir = to want to
  • Pouvoir = to be able to (“can”)
  • Devoir = to have to (“must”)

We have used these basic translations, although devoir is a verb with various meanings – it can refer to debt (Elle me doit mille euros – she owes me 1000 euros), obligation (Vous devez attendre le bus – you must wait for the bus) or probability (Le bus doit arriver à 10h – the bus is supposed to arrive at 10 o’clock). Tone of voice and gestures when speaking, or other text when reading will give you clues to the meaning of the verb each time.

  • Je peux jouer au golf – I can play golf
  • Il veux jouer au golf – He wants to play golf
  • Vous devez jouer au golf – You have to play golf

These verb are all irregular, but they do follow some of the patterns of verb endings. What can you remember?

Year 7 Assessment

Salut Year 7!

Don’t forget that you’re having your Module 3 assessments this week.

You should know how to say where you live (including the type of house and where that is), rooms in the house, (especially the bedroom and what’s in it), where things are (prepositions), talking about what you do and don’t do in the evenings, telling the time and larger numbers!

It seems like quite a lot, but it’s work we’ve been doing all term.

Bonne chance!



Year 8 pupils have been looking at the Futuroscope website.

Futuroscope is a theme park in the Vienne departement of France, about 10km north of Poitiers. Click the image or go to There is an English version of the website – look for the flags in the top right.

It was opened in 1987, and the attractions are mainly based on multimedia, and audio-visual techniques, with a few “slide down the ramp and get wet” rides thrown in (have  a look at the “Le Splash des Loustics” or “Nipper Dipper” video on the website).

If you were visiting Futuroscope, where would you go first?

The buildings, or pavillons at Futuroscope are part of the attraction. They are built of metal and glass and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Which one do you like most?



Some more work from Year 8

By now you should have had a chance to look at some of the written work other people have done. 

You won’t have seen all of the work, but here are some links to more of the storybirds.

Have a look at them and make a comment on this blog. Remember that all comments on this site are moderated and will not be published if I feel that they are going to cause offence to anyone. Don’t write anything you wouldn’t like your parents, or grandparents, to see!

Le weekend dernier! by Rosie & Ellie 8S

le weekend dernier by Josh, Brad & Ben 8W

Ce que j'ai fait la week-end dernier! by Emma, Sophia & Jess 8W

Qu’est-ce que tu as fait le week-end dernier? by Alexandra & Hannah 8W

Qu’est-ce que tu as fait le weekend dernier by Sam & Jake 8W

My weekend by Joe & Spencer 8G

If you’d like to make one of your own and don’t have a login password, come and see me.