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KS2 schemes - any recommendations?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by lilyoakman, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. lilyoakman

    lilyoakman New commenter

    Hello,
    can anyone give me any recommendations for commercial schemes of work for French at KS2 please? I'm the MFL subject leader, and am looking to buy in something for a 1 form entry school with little expertise and lack of confidence among the staff. I have a French degree and did the MFL PGCE so I have a degree of knowledge myself, but I only work part time 0.4 so don't really have a lot of time to train and support, although I do my best!

    What have others found to be the best 'pick up and teach' scheme? We had Early Start at my last school but were beset by technical issues (and as soon as the video didn't play, that was the lesson up the spout!), and we also found that it was very wordy for the teachers to pick out bits from. I ended up writing lesson plans from it for each YG which took forever. We also used Le Grand Mystere Francais for Y6; although the kids loved the story, the worksheets apparently didn't link well with the videos.

    The thing is, with a good knowledge of French I would be able to work with any of these resources, but I find it hard to judge how difficult they would be for a non-specialist!

    I'm wondering about *whispers* Rising Stars... has any one used it and is it any good for non specialist teachers?

    Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me :)
     
  2. funambule

    funambule New commenter

    I understand your quandary!

    La Jolie Ronde is fairly non-specialist friendly but your teachers would still need some guidance.
    The Catherine Cheater SoW is popular in some schools/areas too.
    Early Start certainly has some good content; could still be used to supplement the above.
    I don't know if Rising Stars is used that much for French their stuff is popular in Primary.
    Might be worth finding out which resources other schools in your area are using- for mutual support!
    Or maybe check out the ALL Primary Hub in your area if there is one:
    www.all-languages.org.uk/community/branches_and_networks

    Suggest you also post your query over on Primary; better to hear it from teachers on the ground.
    Or do a search on both fora- resources for Primary have been discussed frequently.
     
  3. lilyoakman

    lilyoakman New commenter

    Wonderful, thank you so much for your reply; all really useful advice.

    I shall post at Primary as well and check out whether there is a Primary hub in our area - I have moved areas as well as schools so unfamiliar at hte moment.

    Appreciate your reply :)
     
  4. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    http://www.lightbulblanguages.co.uk/resources-pr-fr-schemeofwork.htm
    Lightbulb Languages (free) is for teaching key stage 2 (primary 4-7). The lesson plans are aimed at non-specialist teachers and, having used most of them, I've found them are very thorough and easy to follow. As well as lesson plans, there are tons of supporting materials for display, games etc. Their podcasts have been great for practising my pronunciation. http://www.lightbulblanguages.co.uk/resources-pr-fr-podcasts.htm

    Acces Studio has good IWB stuff online and useful accompanying pupil books. It's aimed at Year 6 (Primary 7),
     

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