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20/04/24

A fantastic Saturday morning for our U10 football team in the sunshine and wind, taking part in the Year 5 6-a-side finals! They battled hard and played with smiles on their faces throughout! Massive thank you to all the parents for your support! pic.twitter.com/cIN5p6muRe

17/04/24

Warwick class have loved looking at rounding this week! They particularly enjoyed the rounding ladder race game 🪜🧮 pic.twitter.com/Z8B4o70tG9

17/04/24

Our U10 boys football team took part in a tournament this afternoon at Garden Fields. Strong performances resulted in us finishing second, only losing one game! We now look forward to the finals on Saturday! pic.twitter.com/MccctBC14l

15/04/24

Year 5 St Andrews had a great PSHE lesson focused on the importance of knowing basic first aid and the recovery position ❤️‍🩹 pic.twitter.com/NYV3FgSkGW

09/04/24

Wishing our Muslim community a happy Eid filled with joy and prosperity 🕌🌙 pic.twitter.com/3FFvs9tDHc

30/03/24

We wish everyone a very Happy Easter and an enjoyable, well deserved break 🐣🍫✝️! We look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 15th April to begin the Summer Term ☀️🌻 pic.twitter.com/di4DfaSahY

29/03/24

* Famous Historical People Dress-Up WOW Day: Year 2 *The children dressed up and shared facts about their famous person. They met Rosa Freedman, a human right lawyer and activist, enjoyed using the VR headsets linked to Rosa Parks and recreated some of Andy Warhol’s pop art. pic.twitter.com/vXMVk6QiTR

28/03/24

* Famous Historical People Dress-Up WOW Day: Year 2 *The children dressed up and shared facts about their famous person. They met Rosa Freedman, a human right lawyer and activist, enjoyed using the VR headsets linked to Rosa Parks and recreated some of Andy Warhol’s pop art. pic.twitter.com/vXMVk6QiTR

28/03/24

Primary started the final day of the term with an assembly to celebrate the achievements and reflect on the successes of the term. We were also fortunate to hear a beautiful performance from two of our 6th Form. pic.twitter.com/jMGqhQcsiT

27/03/24

Year 6 made their own ‘Butterbeer’ this afternoon, after being inspired by their Harry Potter learning! It was a thumbs up for the magical beverage. pic.twitter.com/93AP0n1CGW

27/03/24

Year 6 were fortunate to have a visit from Professor Rosa Freedman, who spoke to them about human rights and the development of law. She shared her experiences working on tackling discrimination and promoting equality. pic.twitter.com/EDJTRFJJpv

27/03/24

Year 1 have had a lovely Easter service at St Luke’s Church ⛪️💐🌷🐣 pic.twitter.com/DYe831nzrX

27/03/24

Our final breakfast and we are all still smiling 😁 pic.twitter.com/aQm1Y2wqKh

26/03/24

Disco Night 🪩💃🕺 pic.twitter.com/AZa92NHafQ

26/03/24

The pieces are really coming together now ☀️🎭🎨🎶 pic.twitter.com/o4oR6AuJNQ

26/03/24

Good morning! We are all up and raring to go, back in our workshops and being creative 🎶🎭🕺🎨 pic.twitter.com/aCB6cYU0IH

25/03/24

Tonight’s activity: a 3D film 🎥 🦁👑 pic.twitter.com/f08xc6nhqv

25/03/24

A brilliant first day at the children have been incredible and have begun to create some amazing pieces of work 🕺🎨🎭🎶 pic.twitter.com/88Ynep9MaD

25/03/24

Mr D showing off his piano and singing talents with the help of Year 5! 🌊⛵️ pic.twitter.com/jcIKkHVrMH

25/03/24

Bed making has been a task in itself! 🛏️😂 pic.twitter.com/8DRuc4sWCB

25/03/24

We have arrived safely at Ingestre Hall! Ready for our morning activities to begin 🎭🕺🎶🎨 pic.twitter.com/oESPZ38BeO

24/03/24

Year 5 loved the VR headsets this week, exploring the Mayan pyramids 🗺️🧐🤩what a great way to end their topic! pic.twitter.com/FWCstJTZ4f

21/03/24

Our academy students held a brilliant morning for our Year 3, 4 and 5 students. A big thank you for arranging such a fantastic opportunity 🏐⚽️🏉 pic.twitter.com/WyXIdLSPto

20/03/24

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20/03/24

* Primary Teacher vacancy *Full TimeSalary – MPS / UPS TLR 2a - Lead of ScienceStart date – September 2024https://t.co/Y5U107tZel#stalbansjobs pic.twitter.com/Ihd8anKcP0

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Modern Foreign Languages - French

Through a range of engaging educational activities which focus on developing language awareness and practising listening and speaking micro-skills, we enable our pupils to grow into confident linguists who can perform real world communicative tasks with spontaneity and fluency. By continuously revisiting vocabulary and empowering pupils with the very best techniques that support memory, we nurture confidence in their ability, creating a positive mindset in language acquisition, regardless of their linguistic background. In this way, we foster analytical thinking, which enhances academic performance in other subjects.

Throughout the key stages, we practise the four key skills of communication - speaking, listening, reading and writing - whilst also offering regular opportunities for students to discover the cultures of French-speaking countries. We use digital technology both in lessons and for home-learning. Students are engaged and learn through games, group work, role play, competitions and a variety of digital applications. In addition to enrichment activities in class, year 7 students visit Northern France in the Summer term and year 9 students discover Paris in Spring. We are expanding our school trip offerings year-on-year, as we believe that it is important for students to be fully immersed in the French culture.

We are proud to have earned the Primary Languages Quality Mark Silver Level in 2020 and British Council International Schools Award Intermediate Level in 2020.

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KS2

French at Key Stage 2 is lots of fun and focusses mainly on developing children’s confidence in speaking and oracy skills, aiming to encourage curious minds to think about how languages are formed and how people live in different cultures. French lessons start in year 3 with specialist language teachers delivering first-class lessons and providing continuity in terms of grammar and topics between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. It will also challenge them in new ways as they will be expected to broaden their knowledge of vocabulary and expand their understanding of grammar. Technology is regularly integrated into lessons as students use their iPads to play interactive games to develop their knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical techniques. Sketchbook is also regularly used as a tool for whole-class teacher assessment and tasks are often uploaded to Seesaw for students to work interactively and become more independent learners. At the start of each academic year, children participate in learning and performing a song in French, inspiring an early enjoyment in language learning, whilst enhancing oracy skills.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 

Sept/Oct

Nov/Dec

Jan/Feb

Mar/April

Apr/May

Jun/Jul

Y3

French greetings

French adjectives of colour, size and shape

French playground games – numbers and shapes

In a French classroom

French transport

A circle of life in French

Y4

Portraits – describing in French

Clothes – getting dressed in France

French numbers, calendars and birthdays

French weather and the water cycle

French food – miam! miam!

French and the Eurovision Song Contest

Y5

French monster pets

Space exploration in French

Shopping in France

French speaking world

Verbs in a French week

Meet my French family

Y6

French sport and the Olympics

French football champions

In my house

Planning a French holiday

Visiting a French town

French film project – Le Petit Nicholas

 

KS3

At Key Stage 3, we build a solid foundation of grammar and vocabulary, through studying topics relevant to our students’ daily lives; describing yourself and your family, describing your free-time activities, talking about where you live, visiting restaurants and discussing life in school as well as expressing opinions on lots of other relevant topics. We believe that cultural experiences form an essential part of language learning. As such, we offer a range of projects throughout Key Stage 3 to engage students in the French-speaking world. Our SCHOLAR drivers are present in every lesson, as students are encouraged to explore how the French language works, looking for patterns, lead discussions in groups and share their ideas. Students explore a variety of French language films, research customs and festivals in the French-speaking worlds, and enjoy preparing and tasting typical dishes. Technology is regularly integrated into lessons as students use their iPads to play interactive games to learn vocabulary and, in later years, grammatical techniques. Sketchbook is also regularly used as a tool for whole-class teacher assessment and task are often uploaded to Seesaw or OneNote for students to work interactively and become more independent learners, especially in year 9.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 

Sept/Oct

Nov/Dec

Jan/Feb

Mar/April

Apr/May

Jun/Jul

Y7

Personal information and favourite objects

Personality, family, school subjects and friends

The world around me – school, home and animals

Food and drink

Local area, asking for and giving directions

Town project work

Y8

Lifestyle preferences

Talking about past and ideal holidays

Sport and leisure

Daily life and helping others

France and other countries

French film project – La Guerre des Boutons

Y9

Entertainment and advertising

Technology

A healthy lifestyle

Describing my home and ideal homes

Jobs and future ambitions

French film project – Les Choristes

 

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KS4

At Key Stage 4, students deepen their understanding of grammatical concepts and enrich their range of structures and vocabulary through more in-depth study of familiar themes as well as the introduction of new topics such as healthy living, social issues, the environment and the use of social media. In addition to the GCSE taught curriculum, we offer a range of small-group sessions in year 11; some of which are aimed at honing exam skills, while others promote further study through A-Level taster activities. Our SCHOLAR drivers are again present in every lesson, as students dive deeper in their understanding of how the French language works in their consolidation of basic tenses and discovery of new tenses, looking for patterns, lead discussions in groups and share their ideas. Oracy continues to be embedded into every single language lesson, with students learning how to understand and produce the target language using both informal and formal registers through regular speaking and listening tasks. Our GCSE students aspire to achieve the highest grades as we work from the higher-tier course, teachers use adaptive teaching methods to ensure that all learners are achieving at least their full potential.

The GCSE course revisits and extends the topics from Key Stage 3, as well as introducing new and exciting topics such as social issues, festivals and the environment. As the GCSE course includes a wider range of topics and more challenging grammar, students become more confident in conversing in the French language. 

The GCSE course and exam is structured into a number of key themes:

Identity and Culture:

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

Topic 3: Free-time activities

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French speaking countries

Local, national, international and global areas of interest:

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

Topic 3: Global issues

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Current and future study and employment:

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Links to GCSE Specification

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 

Sept/Oct

Nov/Dec

Jan/Feb

Mar/April

Apr/May

Jun/Jul

Year 10

Family and relationships

Technology in everyday life

Free-time activities

Customs and festivals

Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Holidays and travel

Year 11

Social issues – charity and volunteer work

Global issues: environment, poverty and homelessness

Life at school and college

Career choices and future plans

 

 

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Beyond GCSE

Studying a French to A-Level at Samuel Ryder Academy will not only support you in getting the skills to be able to converse in a foreign language, it will also broaden your horizons, your knowledge of foreign cultures and develop your critical thinking skills on a range of topics. You will have the opportunity to study exciting topics in a supportive and a friendly environment while being intellectually challenged through the use of authentic material and discussions of current affairs. You will not only develop your French language skills, but you will learn how to summarise written or spoken passages, develop your critical, analytical and presentation skills and manage an extensive workload, preparing you for your university life.

Students have a weekly 1-1 session with a foreign language assistant. Home-learning is completed on a weekly basis and students complete 4 hours of independent study in addition to the home-learning during their study periods in school. Success students regularly read French news reports to ensure that they are up-to-date with the social trends and issues studied in lessons. Students maintain an organised folder and complete any improvements on teacher feedback, with folders checked at regular intervals throughout the course.

The A-Level course is split into a number of themes and sub-themes. Although these are studied one at a time, much knowledge of French society and issues is applicable in more than one theme and your understanding of French society, including specific examples, can be applied to a variety of situations. This course has three examinations:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers and adapted as necessary. All questions are in French, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in French (30 marks)

Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary. All questions are in French, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in French (50 marks).

Translation into English: a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks)

Translation into French: a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks)

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

100 marks

50% of A-Level

Paper 2: Writing

One question in French on a book, No et Moi, and one question in French on a film (La Haine) from a choice of two questions. All questions will require a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the work and a critical and analytical response to features such as the form and technique of presentation, as appropriate to the work studied (for example: the effect of camera work in a film).

Grammar is also assessed.

No access to texts, films or a dictionary during the assessment.

Students are advised to write approximately 300 words per essay.

Written exam: 2 hours

80 marks

20% of A-Level

Paper 3: Speaking

Individual Research Project

Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5-6 minutes). 5 minutes preparation time (25 marks)

Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9-10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks)

No access to a dictionary.

Oral exam: 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation)

60 marks

30% of A-Level

Awarding body: AQA

Specification number: 8658

Link to A-Level Specification

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/french-7652

Wider Curriculum Opportunities and Careers

Learning a language contributes to a sense of global citizenship as well as personal fulfilment. By nurturing curiosity and identifying similarities and contrasts with their own language, we strengthen our students’ understanding in other areas of the curriculum.

Through initiatives such as MFL week, we raise the profile of languages and encourage cross-curricular learning.  Recent activities include: a theatre performance in French, food tasting events, arts and crafts activities, learning and performing songs in French for primary students and learning about how a second language may be useful in standing out within careers in the football industry for secondary students.

During MFL week, we also incorporate a variety of House events for students. Recent House events include: Modern Foreign Language Spelling Bee Competition for secondary students and a French Inventions Model Competition for primary students.

Our residential trips form an important part of the learning experience, so we are constantly expanding the range of trips to France offered to Samuel Ryder Academy students. Year 7 students visit Normandy whilst year 9 students enjoy the sights and culture of Paris before enjoying a day in Disneyland Paris.

At university, French can be studied on its own or as a joint/flexible honours degree with another subject, like English or Spanish (50% each subject). You will also find many Russell Group universities are now offering combined honours degrees allowing students to study maths, politics, history, art and many other subjects with a language. This provides students with the opportunity to do a third year abroad in a French-speaking country. Continuing a language at university is a skill in high demand in the employment market enhancing your career development and employability.

Useful Links

Grammar and Revision

www.languagenut.com                      

 

Username and password supplied in lessons.

Vocabulary, sentence building, exams skills and grammar exercises. Homework assignments are set her for KS3. GCSE and A-Level learners can access any of the resources to practise key skills.

www.languagesonline.org.uk           

Grammar & exercises for independent learners to review tenses and other grammar points see in lesson. Topics at GCSE and A-Level.

www.quizlet.com

 

Interactive flashcards on any topic.

Search the thousands of resources available.

www.memrise.com

 

GCSE and A-Level vocabulary learning tool. Tests retrieval skills and progress.

www.lawlessfrench.com

 

French grammar explanations for all key stages and exercises to practise your skills.

http://french.about.com                      

Lots of grammar notes but no exercises

www.verb2verbe.com                        

 

A website which translates any verb in any form (F>E & E>F)

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/gcse/french

Complements the GCSE course

 

http://revisionworld.co.uk/gcse-revision/french               

 

Accompanies GCSE revision

www.thegcsefrenchsite.com

GCSE vocabulary practice

 

www.realfrenchplus.net

Beginners guide to GCSE French

 

www.laits.utexas.edu/fi/

 

From beginners to advanced (grammar) and KS3/4 topics

www.frenchinaclick.com

Complements the GCSE course

 

www.alevelfrench.com                      

A Level transition. Complements the GCSE course

www.bonjourdefrance.com               

 

A great website for A-Level, lots of interactive materials

www.frenchexams.org                       

 

Interactive revision materials

www.lepointdufle.net

 

A comprehensive search engine for French grammar (menu is in French but many of the exercises are in English). From year 7 to year 13 – all exercises are self-marking or interactive

www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french

Develops an understanding of French slang for year 7

www.synonymes.com

 

A search engine for synonyms in French

www.uni.edu/becker/french31.html

 

Links to French websites

 

Games and Vocabulary

www.quia.com/shared/french

 

Various language and vocabulary games

www.memrise.com/course/52220/aqa-gcse-french-vocabulary           

 

Complements the GCSE and A-Level courses

 

www.ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk/07-langcoll/02-MFL-resources.shtml

 

Complements the KS3 and GCSE course

www.transparent.com/word-of-the-day/today/french.html               

 

A new word and sound each day

www.vivenoel.com                             

Christmas games and vocabulary

www.quizlet.com

Vocabulary learning up to GCSE

 

www.voki.com

Make your own speaking avatar (need to register but free)

                                                               

Television and Radio Channels

www.tf1.fr                                                             

 

General channel with news reports

www.france2.fr                                    

Lots of shows with the news

www.rtbf.be                                          

Belgian TV with lots of listening/articles

www.mtv.fr                                           

French MTV with French and international songs and interviews

www.tv5monde.org

Serious channel but good for listening. Also, a great section on the French language (click: langue française then click: découvrir le français for all sorts of games & exercise for foreigners leaning French)

www.rfi.fr

French international radio station with lots of listening exercises and podcasts (with exercises/answers - book at langue française)

www.rtl.fr

Good music/news station in French (to listen online click: RTL en direct)

                               

Magazines and Newspapers

www.elle.fr

Fashion magazine

www.premiere.fr                                 

Film/cinema magazine

www.voici.fr

Celebrity news magazine

www.lemonde.fr

French broadsheet newspaper

www.metronews.fr

Like the free Metro newspapers in the UK, short articles on French and world news, more accessible than the broadsheet papers

www.unjouruneactu.fr

 

Short reports (videos/news reports and podcasts) about French topics written by children in French.

                                               

Youth

www.ados.fr                                         

A general website for young people (music, articles, blogs, games, films etc)

www.fff.fr                                               

French football union

 

               

Listening and Reading

http://thefrenchblog.weebly.com/index.html 

 

A good general website with a broad audience base

www.lejdd.fr/top50                             

A series of articles on the top 50 most famous French people

www.20minutes.fr

Accessible articles (general and world news) A-Level

www.francebienvenue1.wordpress.com          

 

Lots of listening and reading A-Level

www.coerll.utexas.edu/cmaj/home 

 

Listening exercises with transcripts (in the form of interviews)

www.frenchexams.org                       

Interactive revision materials

 

www.ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk/07-langcoll/02-MFL-resources.shtml 

 

Great resources for listening, all levels

www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips  

Listening and videos from year 7 to year 13

www.ielangauges.com                      

Good French section, a bit of everything

 

www.bonjourdefrance.com

Try the karaoke section aimed at A-Level

 

www.audio-lingua.eu/?lang=fr                         

 

Advanced level mp3 recording on many topics (also German & Spanish)

 

www.pubstv.com                                

TV adverts from France and other countries

 

 

Study Skills for Language Learning

http://www.​open.​ac.​uk/skillsforstudy/taking-​notes-​for-​languages-​students.​php 

 

Aimed at Open University students, a good site to help you learn more efficiently

 

 

Dictionary

www.wordreference.com

A very reliable website with numerous examples; other languages also offered

www.reverso.net

A great website with lots of idiomatic examples

           

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