French ‘Live Lessons’

5 week block of French online ‘Live Lessons’ commencing Wednesday 28th February. Lessons will last 40 minutes- 1.30-2.10 pm.

These lessons are aimed at P4 learners upwards. The lessons can be used as consolidation of L2 French or as an introduction to French as an L3. The content can be accessed with no prior knowledge of French but the lessons are reasonably fast paced and include team games, which is why they are not suitable for younger learners.

These lessons have a team teaching element as the games are led by the class teacher in their own classroom. The learning is chunked throughout the lesson between learning online from the expert to consolidating the new learning through playing a game in the class. This keeps the learning active but the teachers feel well supported. All the resources used during the lessons have sound files embedded to support learners and teachers with the pronunciation of key language. Each lesson contains an element of French phonics which practitioners have found to be very beneficial to develop confidence in pronunciation. Suggested follow-up resources and activities are also provided to allow the class teacher to consolidate the learning during the week.

As multiple classes will be attending these lessons,  differentiation is not possible. Therefore, it is important that you decide whether the content of the lessons is suitable for your learners. For example, the content may be ideal for a P5 class which needs to revise and consolidate some simple French language. However, it wouldn’t suit a P7 class which had made steady progression in French from P1 onwards.


(each lesson will have a phonics element embedded)

Lesson 1-  Numbers to 16, Greetings & Feelings

Lesson 2- Numbers to 20, Days & Weather

Lesson 3- Numbers to 31, Months & Birthdays, Colours

Lesson 4- Numbers to 31, Family

Lesson 5- Pets & description (Colour, size)

 Please complete this FORM if you would like to sign up for these lessons.

 If you would like to learn more about this team teaching model please read this case study which describes last year’s national pilot of this initiative.


The upcoming mini GLPS (Gaelic learners in Primary School) course provides an alternative learning pathway to the national GLPS course which takes place every year and runs for 20 weeks. This alternative comprises of 6 twilight sessions and culminates in a two day residential learning experience. This provides primary teachers  an opportunity to begin learning Gaelic without making the time commitment of a 20 week course. We will have the same tutors as deliver the national course, Yvonne Forrest and Jackie Mullen, two very experienced Gaelic teachers.

Course dates:

4.15-6pm (Zoom meetings)

Monday 15th January – Introductions & Names

Monday 22nd January – Feelings & Days of the week

Monday 29th January – Numbers

Monday 5th February – Where you live

Monday 19th February- Weather                                                                                                                     

Monday 26th February – Colours          

Two day residential course- Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd March (Location to be confirmed: Inveraray or Oban dependent on enrolment)

Argyll & Bute Council will cover the associated costs for this course (class cover, travel and accommodation)

Please get in touch with to enrol.

Gaelic Beginners’ Course

6 week course: Beginners’ Gaelic language and pedagogy: embedding Gaelic as L2 or L3 in primary schools.

Course dates: Mondays 4-5pm, 28th August – 2nd October 2023

To enrol on this course please click HERE

 Session 1: Introductions and Feelings

Session 2: Numbers and Days of the Week

Session 3: Weather and Colours

Session 4: Family and Pets

Session 5: The Body and Clothes

Session 6: Food & Drink and Hobbies

 Each session will complement these online Gaelic topic modules  (GLOW Username and password required) and give participants the chance to ask any questions about language issues or the resources. Each session will be based on two topics and explore the core vocabulary and language structures through classroom activities appropriate to all levels at primary.

Click here to see a video about the online Teacher’s course.





Signposting Session for Gaelic  Resources & Support

Monday 21st August 3.45-4.45pm: Signposting Session for Gaelic  Resources & Support for L2 & L3 – Core learning & teaching websites, resources and planners.

This session will provide a presentation of classroom learning & teaching resources – Northern Alliance Sharepoint siteGo Gaelic & Gàidhlig nan Òg websites. We’ll also look at parental engagement through the Highland Council Digital Hub & Northern Alliance Family Learning Site

Ideal for new staff & a perfect way to refresh & update yourself about Gaelic as a 1+2 Language to plan for the full entitlement of L2 and L3 going forward in 2023-24.

This session will be online using Google meet. Please email to sign up for this session.

French Student Teachers’ Visit

Recently, schools in Argyll & Bute hosted French primary student teachers from our partner institution the University of Picardy .  It was wonderful to have the students back, in person. Although virtual links were maintained over the last two years, nothing beats face to face. Students had successful visits at Kirn, Sandbank, Hermitage and Dunoon primary schools. It was a fantastic opportunity for cultural exchange and sharing learning.

Kilmodan National Winners

Kilmodan Primary School recently won first prizes in the National Poetry Competition Mother Tongue Other Tongue. This competition has two categories- Mother tongue for entries from native speakers of languages other than English and Other Tongue  for children to write poems in a language they are learning at school. Kilmodan PS won both the P1-4 and P5-7 category of Other Tongue and received Special commendation for other entries. Well done on this amazing success. You can see the winning entries here-

Kathryn Morley P5-7 Winning Entry           Mabel Sainsbury P1-4 Winning Entry

Orin McKenna- Special Commendation    Gemma Black – Special Commendation

Giles Leigh

French & Spanish Lessons for Pupils

10-week course of live virtual lessons in French and Spanish for pupils. These lessons are suitable for learners from P4 onwards as the content bridges First and Second Level Experiences and Outcomes. The lessons would also suit as a standalone L3 topic. These lessons will be delivered using Glow Teams and will last 45 minutes. The same live lesson will run twice in the same week. You can choose to attend one, or the other. It is not necessary to stick to the same day. Lessons commence in January. The deadline for sign-up is 21 December 2022.

Click HERE for more information and to register your class.

Ukrainian Course

Introduction to Ukrainian language and culture

This is a free short course provided by the Open University. This online course is for everybody who is interested in finding out about Ukraine and its people and wants to get an insight into its rich cultural heritage. It is also for learners who interact directly with Ukrainian refugees and would like to take part in simple conversations.

Click HERE for more information.

Visit from International Partners

Schools in Argyll & Bute had a visit from our international partners, l’Université de Picardie.

Over the last 6 years many schools have benefited from hosting a visit from a French primary student teacher. This has provided a wonderful cultural and linguistic exchange for pupils and staff. During the pandemic this link has been maintained virtually and although not the same, several schools were able to establish successful communication. The aim is now to reinstate face to face visits in session 2022-23.

It was a wonderful experience for the two teacher trainers from the university, Helene and Corinne, to discover schools in Argyll & Bute. They visited some schools which had previously hosted student teacher visits or been involved in the recent virtual link. During their short stay they were able to visit Dunoon PS, Kirn PS, Sandbank PS, Tarbert Academy and PS, Kilmodan PS, Rosneath PS, Hermitage PS and Luss PS. The French visitors were highly impressed by all the schools they visited and remarked on how evident it was that the wellbeing of pupils was of the upmost importance in these schools. The schools involved really looked after our guests by showcasing all the learning and providing some special culinary and cultural treats from tasty sandwiches and cakes to bagpipes and Scottish country dancing!

Get in touch with  if you are interested in becoming involved with the project next session.

Kilmodan French Competition Success

Primaries 5, 6 and 7 of Kilmodan Primary are delighted to announce that they have been awarded second prize in the Concours de la Francophonie, a national school competition run by the Institut français d’Ecosse, to encourage all young French learners and their teachers around Scotland to celebrate the International Day of la Francophonie.

The children scripted and then produced a short drama set in a busy French café.  They showcased their language and drama skills in a humorous sketch involving all pupils.

Class teacher at Kilmodan Primary, Linda Shaw said, “The competition offered a great opportunity for the children to demonstrate their creativity alongside their language skills.  They were thrilled to hear of their success and delighted to receive their books and certificate, presented by Gwen McCrossan, Principal Teacher for Languages.  Language learning remains central to our curriculum at Kilmodan Primary as we strive to ensure our pupils are engaged in challenging and enjoyable activities as they learn about the language and culture of France.”