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Languages cannot be taught, they can only be learnt.

Luca Lampariello, Hyperpolyglot

At Scissett Middle School, French is taught once a week in Year 6 and twice a week in Year 7 and 8. Pupils are taught in mixed ability classes in all 3 years.

During their first year at Scissett, pupils build on and reinforce the knowledge already acquired in their feeder schools. We tend to concentrate on the Speaking, Listening and Reading skills gradually increasing the written input.

In Years 7 and 8, the grammar element increases dramatically, pupils are expected to write and speak more accurately and by the end of Year 7 to be able to use the future tense.

By the end of Year 8, pupils should be able to use both the past and the future tenses and be able to write extended pieces in the target language.

The most able of our Year 8 pupils will be given the opportunity to start Spanish as well as carry on with French in Year 9 at Shelley College. Most pupils will carry on with French only.We work very closely with our Shelley College and Kirkburton Middle school colleagues. It is crucial for us to keep up to date with the changes with GCSE requirements in order to best prepare our pupils for the challenges they will meet when leaving us.

We are for example, starting to practice translation, dictation and picture commentary which are skills our pupils will now need to be familiar with when taking their Modern Foreign Language GCSE.


French/History Combined Trip 2018

The French/History combined trip to Northern France, started at midnight, early June, with 90 very excited Year 8 pupils with no intention to sleep and 10 members of staff madly hoping that they would get some sleep at some point!

The visits on our first day were of war cemeteries and museums (including the Lochnager Crater in La Boiselle, Thiepval and Beaumont- Hamel memorials and Vimy Ridge) followed in the afternoon by a visit to a bakery where a very outgoing French baker showed us the art of bread and croissant making. Saturday morning was spent at the market in Le Touquet followed by a picnic on the beach. 

The trip also included visits to Bagatelle theme park, the highlight of the trip for many, a chocolate factory, and a snail farm! On the way back, our last visit was to Nausicaa, a sea life centre in Boulogne.

Finally, we managed to fit in a visit to a supermarket. Lately we have travelled to France by coach and ferry and returned by Eurostar.

As you can imagine, this trip is a very intense and busy one, full on new and very varied experiences for our pupils. So much so that we have decided to take the whole of Year 8 in 2019. The trip has been offered to all pupils, as opposed to the previous 90, in order to do so we have changed location in order to accommodate a potential 190 pupils.


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