This post is specifically for pupils in 1F1 at Hutchesons’ in Glasgow, to answer some of their questions about life in France. But if you’re just here for a nosey, that’s okay too.
- What do you do during the lunch hour? (Katie) – The lunch breaks in France are two hours long and so sometimes it can feel like a bit of a task to fill the time, especially if you have no pressing lesson planning to do! I’m only in school for lunch on two of the four days I work, and usually I will eat lunch in the staff room and take a book to read if there’s no lessons for me to plan.
- What years do you teach? (Alison) – I teach all the way through from the equivalent of P1 to P7 in each of my three schools, which makes for an interesting job!
- What is lunch like at the school? (Saffiyrah) – I’m not sure what school lunches are like because I always take a packed lunch, but lunchtime itself is always nice as it gives you a chance to rest before your afternoon classes! It’s usually a good opportunity for me to improve my French as well, as I speak mainly in English in class.
- What subjects are popular with the younger pupils? (Adityah) – I’m actually not sure, because I’m only in each class for their English lessons, but I know that a lot of the pupils really like English! They find it difficult but it’s also exciting for them to have a visitor from a strange land in their class and I think that’s a good motivator for them to learn. They’re always full of questions!
- How many classes do you take? (Aubrey) – I have 13 different classes, three of which I see twice a week. That’s a lot of faces and names to remember!
- How many hours are there in a school day? (Rhona) – In a primary school, the school day usually goes from 8.30am to 3.45pm, apart from on a Wednesday when school ends at 11.30am. In a high school, lessons can take place any time between 8am and 6pm.
- What’s your favourite part of the school day? (Abbi) – I think my favourite part of any school day has got to be hearing the kids repeat after me, in a French/Scottish accent! Makes me laugh to think that there are lots of wee French people running about with a Scottish accent every time they speak English!
- What are the differences between Scottish and French lessons? (Amna) – I can only really speak from my own experience of teaching here as I’m not in class for any lessons bar my own, but there are a couple of main differences when learning a language at primary school in France. For example, they start learning English at a very young age – I have a friend here who is an English assistant in a nursery – whereas I started learning French in P6 back home. Also, the speaking and writing aspects are very different. At home we are always expected to be able to write and speak at the same level when it comes to learning another language, but here there is a lot more emphasis on oral work and hearing how the language sounds before writing it down and learning the grammar.
- How tired are you at the end of the day? – Usually quite tired! It might seem like teaching is an easy job, but trust me, it’s not! All good fun, but very tiring!
- How many pupils are usually in class? (Maryam) – Class sizes are similar to back home, usually up to 25 in a class.
- What has been your favourite part of the experience so far? (Jessica) – We did a Q&A in class a few weeks ago, and this tiny voice piped up with “madame, avez-vous les tables en Ecosse?”… I’ll let you translate that one, but it was hilarious!
- How much homework is given? (Sara) – In my classes, I tend not to give homework, but if I do it is only minimal! I’m not sure how much homework is given otherwise but I can try and find out if that’s something that you want to know!
Thank you to 1F1 for all their questions! Feel free to comment below if there’s anything else you’d like to know!
(one of my CM2/P7 classes)