S2 French Penpals

Miss Muir’s S2 French class have penpals in a school in France.  They have written a letter to each other – we write in French, they write in English – and the results are lovely!  Here’s a selection:


European Day of Languages 2020 – S1 posters


S1 spent a bit of time watching a slide show about words which don’t exist in English.  They went on to invent words that should exist but don’t, and made a poster of their word and concept.  We’ve picked some of the best, and here they are:





Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone, an online language learning platform that gets good reviews, is offering its services free for 3 months.  It’s quite expensive, so set a reminder cancelling it, but go on and have a shot at it.  You can even do other languages if you feel so inclined.  I’ve added the link to all my Teams but here it is too.



Coronavirus work

What to do for Modern Languages over the next few weeks…


  • Please check your Glow.  Your teacher may have added you to a Team and put files up online for you to work through.


  • If not;  Linguascope.  Make a note of new vocab and try all the activities.  Beginners (S1 and S2) or Intermediate (S3)


  • S4/5/6 – Scholar will be available; if you don’t have your login, check with your teacher as soon as possible.


  • Quizlet is also available – put the following codes into your Google browser:

For French –

  • S1 – https://quizlet.com/join/kGNx4A3Sw,
  • S2 – https://quizlet.com/join/QJrUWkZ2w,
  • S3 – https://quizlet.com/join/gV8DgPUQT,
  • S4 – https://quizlet.com/join/7mkd5h4MA,
  • S5 – https://quizlet.com/join/X5fMftQJV

For German –

  •  S3 – https://quizlet.com/join/dm4xgUHXU                                                     S4 – https://quizlet.com/join/8uz6Hnj5U     and if anyone’s feeling particularly enthusiastic for next year,
  •  Higher German – https://quizlet.com/join/BWqWu84VH

You don’t need to request to join but you can, and if you do, your scores and so on are saved so you can see how much better you get.


  • languagesonline is great for grammar and for vocabulary – there are drills with immediate feedback so very useful.


  • Kahoot can be played yourself – just search through for any Kahoot on any topic you’ve covered this year so far.

Any questions, try to reach your teacher through Glow in the first instance.  Textbooks and worksheets are also available if you don’t have reliable access to the internet.


Bye for now.  Work hard.  Wash your hands.

Here’s a link to the past papers section of the SQA website:


Try all the papers as tests, time yourself and so on, then mark them according to the marking instructions (mi).  Make a note of any vocabulary you didn’t know.  If you don’t have a dictionary at home, Collins online French (or German, or Spanish) dictionary is a reasonable, and free, option.

Mathématiques sans Frontières

MsF was on yesterday for the Higher Maths and Modern Languages pupils – an annual national competition where pupils answer 13 maths problems, one of them in the Modern Language they’re studying. We haven’t won yet, but this year the pupils were particularly focussed and we’re really hopeful!

Doing the Modern Languages question
Thinking and discussing
Just getting started on one of the questions
Calculators out
Very focussed on one of the questions
Drawing out one of the problems
Theresa, our German Assistant, enjoying the discussion
Maths and Languages are so fun!
Not quite hair-tearing-out stage, but nearly
Maths sans Frontières is hungry work, so we supplied some snacks for the end
Trying to get a last question finished before time is up
Well earned rest and some food and drinks after the competition


3F2 poem

We have been studying a well-known French poem, called ‘Déjeuner du Matin’ by Jacques Prévert in French recently.  The class read the poem several times and did a lot of activities about the poem.  Finally they copied the poem and illustrated it to show other classes what it’s all about.  The Higher class chose their favourites and the creators were given a small prize.

Here are pictures of some of the poems:


S1 posters

S1 have been busy working on describing themselves and others.  Some classes have done posters, some have done powerpoints, and the French they have used is all great.

Miss Muir’s classes got to judge each other’s posters and presentations in French, so here are pictures of the winners:

1F2 winners of the poster presentation
1F5 poster presentation winners. Well done to everyone!

S1 Xmas Cards

S1 French classes were invited to make a French Xmas card, and here are some of the best.  Well done everyone – Joyeux Noël, Fröhliche Weihnachten & Feliz Navidad!

S2 Paris Posters

S2 were very busy finishing off their topic of Paris with a poster on a different aspect each.  The posters are fantastic, with a lot of information on each.  The winners got a small, seasonal prize.  Here’s a small selection of the posters:

La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. Lots of information and nicely highlighted pictures here
The Arc de Triomphe, Gustave Eiffel, the river Seine and the Place de la Concorde (site of the guillotine) and their creators.
Notre Dame, by Adem of S2. The hand-drawn picture is very impressive!
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