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NewLife4Me Tue 29-Mar-16 09:59:12

Have looked everywhere and can't seem to find the list of topics covered in Y7 French and German.
I know there is still a term to go but dd wanted a checklist of topics covered so she can revise for a test.
They have only done a term of each subject but she'll know from a list what she has done.
Can anybody help?

It used to be easy to find these on tes but it's so hard to navigate the site now, I gave up. grin

fourcorneredcircle Tue 29-Mar-16 14:21:42

Each school could cover different topics in year seven (although likely to include basics such as alphabet, colours, numbers, simple opinions, adjectives and negatives) so asking for a generic list might throw up problems. If she has her books then have a look through that and see what she's done then search TES or use linguascope, languages online or language gym to revise. If she doesn't have her books then get her to look through those sites and tell you what she's done.

NewLife4Me Tue 29-Mar-16 14:27:20

Thank you so much for your response.
She has a book but not everything they have done is in the book, so will check out the websites you suggested.
I couldn't find the list on tes, but have had no problems with it before grin

happygardening Tue 29-Mar-16 15:09:52

The best thing my DS was ever advsied to do by a French teacher in preparation for his entrance exam in yr 8 was learn all of these. He went on to "wing" French IGCSE three years later and did well. Learning them was a pain he only started 2 months before he sat the exam if Id know I would have got him to start earlier.

NewLife4Me Tue 29-Mar-16 15:28:21

Thanks HG.

She is only y7, but fortunate to have good teachers and languages are very important for her.

Dreamgirls234 Tue 29-Mar-16 16:00:26

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mercifulTehlu Tue 29-Mar-16 16:06:07

French and German teacher here. Schools can cover whatever topics they like. It's not until they start GCSE courses that there is a standard topic list, and even then it will depend on which exam board they do.

If they have a textbook you could check the topics in that, but tbh they might not be following the textbook's order anyway. Either check her exercise book or ask the teacher for a topic list.

littlenicky61 Tue 29-Mar-16 16:06:25

The CGP KS3 French book is great if you need a revision book

NewLife4Me Tue 29-Mar-16 16:28:16

Thank you all again.
There seems to be very little in her exercise book, so I have found some Aps and she is telling me which topics they have covered this year.

I nearly bought the CGP revision books, but as there were none locally looked online. I was concerned that the publication may have been before the recent changes and out of date as other subjects were reviewed like this.
I will get one when I can find a definite recent publication.

I know they won't have covered a great deal as they alternate french and German.
This year will be 2 terms German, one French and next year 2 terms French one term German.
She wants to get ahead so she can do Italian and Russian in her spare time.

littlenicky61 Tue 29-Mar-16 16:35:56

My daughter is in year 8 and they have been using the app linguascope ( think that's what it is called ) and we have also found this one which is free

TheSecondOfHerName Tue 29-Mar-16 18:06:56

It can vary. DS2's school use the Studio textbooks and DD's school use Expo textbooks. There was some overlap in the vocabulary they covered in Y7 (colours, numbers, contents of pencil case, rooms in a house, opinions) but also a lot that was different.

I think getting her to make a list of topics is a good idea, then use the vocab lists in the textbook.

mercifulTehlu Tue 29-Mar-16 19:17:11

Wow - that's an unusual system! All schools where I've taught have started with one mfl in year 7 and added the other (if they offer one) in year 8. It's a big ask getting them to start two at once.

NewLife4Me Tue 29-Mar-16 19:39:13


It's a private specialist music school, languages are important, but I agree it's not a normal school and our state educated older dc didn't do this.
My dd wants to be an opera singer so vocabulary at least is important in several languages.
She has been learning basic italian since she was 7, but with all the commitments at school and the fact it isn't an nc language she has to learn this herself along with Russian that she wants to do.
they will rotate French and German until y9 when they choose one for GCSE, they can do both if they are good enough if their music time table will allow.
As dd isn't into science she may well manage both rather than do double science iyswim.

NewLife4Me Tue 29-Mar-16 19:42:08

Thanks for the App suggestions, now all I have to do is make sure my limited tech will allow me to download them all to her ipad.
Many thanks. thanks

clary Wed 30-Mar-16 13:01:58

I teach MFL an I agree, no two schools will cover the same topics.

In year 7 so far we have covered simple q and a about yourself (age, birthday, hobbies, opinions, school subjects, pets); descriptions of family (hair, eyes, tall, short) and vocab for family members; role play in a shop and a café.

Another school might have covered where you live, rooms and furniture, clothes, what's in your pencil case... your DD needs to try to remember what she has done. I agree duolingo is very good for vocab practice smile

Lucsy Wed 30-Mar-16 13:04:42

My children use duolingo too. They even like it and do it in the car on the way to school. Highly recommend

NewLife4Me Wed 30-Mar-16 13:32:46

Thank you, I downloaded duolingo last night and a couple of others and she is revising now.
I think she is finding the topics she has covered ok, and keeps telling me what she's up to.
I suppose I was worried that something they had done wouldn't be on the sites she has, but it seems to cover what she needs.
Thank you all for the suggestions and comments.

clary and merciful she has 3 hours of language lessons a week, I'm not sure how this equates to other schools. There are 21 children in her year group split into two classes . Whilst they are doing French y8 are doing German, then the following term they rotate. So when they go back, after their french test dd will do German again.
She says they are her best classes and she really enjoys them.
I thought this may be of interest as you are language teachers thanks

clary Wed 30-Mar-16 13:36:52

Three hours a week is great in KS3. My students have 2 hrs/week in KS3 and then 5hrs/fortnight in KS4 so never as much as your DD (sadly).

The rotating does sound unusual but if it works then great. It is always a challenge to try to fit two languages into the timetable. At our school our toppest of the top in year 9 are doing a second language in form time and one PE lesson a week! Thanks for the flowers and good luck to your DD, great that she likes her lessons smile

Meant to say before, she may not have much in her book because they do a lot of speaking and oral comprehension - which is a great way to learn and to enjoy learning, but doesn't lead to reams of notes.

Dreamgirls234 Wed 30-Mar-16 13:38:25

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NewLife4Me Wed 30-Mar-16 13:59:36


I told her i was posting on here and there were teachers, and she said to tell you they have to call the french teacher Madame xxx and the german teacher frau xxx
They have to speak a little bit if they meet in corridors, just usually how are you, something about the time or weather grin

I presumed that the amount was probably to support all the musical terms, signs etc, although these are studied separately. Sort of just thinking in different languages, if that makes sense.
I'm not sure how well it works tbh as it's such a small school it's not easy to gain info on what results were achieved for individual subjects.
I know they offer the languages at A level though, and the dept seems from the outside to be very well managed.
Parents evenings are usually good and they go into detail rather than just generic responses. But most subject teachers are like this.

clary Wed 30-Mar-16 16:16:55

smile yes I am Madame Clary and Frau Clary; I insist on Bonjour Madame in the register too.

Love the talking in corridors, I always say hello in the target language to my students, they don't all reply in French or German tho!

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