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Words are the building blocks of language and apparently mastering 500 of them would give us fluency in any foreign language. Easy you might say, but if you think about it which 500 words are you going to choose to learn? …

Well, at Cargilfield we like to introduce children to a new language right from Nursery and this is where they will start their learning journey towards 500 words. At this early stage we start with the basics, we learn how to introduce ourselves, the colours, we learn to count and sing songs. Just listening to a new language will give children an ear for the different tones.

I like to call it “La pyramide inversée”

For example:

P3    deux, soleil, jaune, chaud

P2                        Soleil, jaune, chaud

P1                                       Soleil, jaune

Nursery                                   Jaune

By the time the children reach F4 not only are they very comfortable with all classroom instructions and vocabulary, but they also have the basic tools and vocabulary for all the different topics that common entrance covers.

Using the classroom vocabulary below, perhaps you would like to try to have a go at the pyramid, and see how many words you already know?

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Coming back to our 500 words and deciding which ones would be appropriate to learn, I have worked with F4 children on creating a “one word a day perpetual calendar”, they all have independently chosen a word in English and translated it in French. We pushed the activity a little further by creating a French writing template, trying to handwrite like French children, understanding the gender of the word and finally they wrote the word in their own phonetic way, so whoever will read the word can also work out the correct pronunciation!!


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We are still very far away from 500 words but next term F5 and F6 will follow in the F4 footsteps et ainsi de suite....

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Un mot ...Un jour...

Words are the building blocks of language and apparently mastering 500 of them would give us fluency in any foreign language. Easy you might say, but if you think about it which 500 words are you going to choose to learn? …

Well, at Cargilfield we like to introduce children to a new language right from Nursery and this is where they will start their learning journey towards 500 words. At this early stage we start with the basics, we learn how to introduce ourselves, the colours, we learn to count and sing songs. Just listening to a new language will give children an ear for the different tones.

I like to call it “La pyramide inversée”

For example:

P3    deux, soleil, jaune, chaud

P2                        Soleil, jaune, chaud

P1                                       Soleil, jaune

Nursery                                   Jaune

By the time the children reach F4 not only are they very comfortable with all classroom instructions and vocabulary, but they also have the basic tools and vocabulary for all the different topics that common entrance covers.

Using the classroom vocabulary below, perhaps you would like to try to have a go at the pyramid, and see how many words you already know?

IwSLLUJRH5GtLTNcJz3eWjl72eJkfbmt4t8yenImKBVvK0kTmF0xjctABnaLJIm9

Coming back to our 500 words and deciding which ones would be appropriate to learn, I have worked with F4 children on creating a “one word a day perpetual calendar”, they all have independently chosen a word in English and translated it in French. We pushed the activity a little further by creating a French writing template, trying to handwrite like French children, understanding the gender of the word and finally they wrote the word in their own phonetic way, so whoever will read the word can also work out the correct pronunciation!!


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We are still very far away from 500 words but next term F5 and F6 will follow in the F4 footsteps et ainsi de suite....

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