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" You have no idea how popular the ZZZ songs are……… the children LOVE it from reception upwards. The littlies particularly enjoy spotting the weather words we have learnt and shout out when they recognise them, then of course they love to anticipate what the weather will be on the next day. The music itself is so catchy and tuneful, too. My only real issue is how to let them down gently in the lessons when we AREN'T going to put ZZZ on.

I love the idea of being able to buy the CDs in bulk as the children love the songs so much, I'm sure they will be pleased to be able to buy it for themselves.

I would never have imagined the enthusiasm that my children have for ZZZ! They absolutely love the songs and pick it up so quickly. They readily absorb the grammar points of gender agreement etc and sing like pros right from the start…..Many thanks for raising the enthusiasm in my classroom! They work like Trojans to get time at the end of each lesson to sing! "

Sally Rowden, Leading Language Teacher, Essex

 

 

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The ZIM ZAM ZOUM software is available in two versions:

1) Standard Version - compatible with any computer and interactive whiteboard
    (See below)           Modules 1 and 2 available now

2) Promethean Version (for use with Promethean Activ software and compatible with any whiteboard enabled for Promethean)  -  a more extensive teaching programme, where all the resources of the Standard Version are supported by comprehensive flipcharts of interactive whiteboard activities for the classroom, together with printable flashcards.

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The Zim Zam Zoum software is an innovative programme, designed in 4 separate modules,
for teaching French to children aged 6 to 12 on the interactive whiteboard. It has the unique feature of focusing the learning on charming, quirky animations of the high quality and melodic songs featured on the audio CDs.

Other features popular with teachers are the animated explanations of simple grammar, interactive exercises and the differentiated activity sheets

The ZIM ZAM ZOUM software Standard Version (compatible with any computer/interactive whiteboard) is an effective resource to complement any KS2 French teaching programme.

yellowZIM ZAM ZOUM Module 1 covers: greetings, asking and saying name, age and where you live, colours, asking and saying how you are, days of the week, numbers, weather, animals, describing a pet, nouns of the natural world, the grammar of gender, articles and plurals and much more:

  • 7 units, each with an animated song
  • karaoke tracks and printable song-words
  • printable differentiated activity sheets
  • animated grammar explanations with interactive exercises

Contents:

  • Zim Zam Zoum – an introduction to the characters (Topics: greetings; saying name and nationality; some action words)
  • Bonjour, bonjour, salut ! (Topics: asking and saying name, age, where you live and your favourite colours)
  • Les Vingt Bonbons (Topic: counting to 20)
  • Comment ça va ? (Topic: asking and saying how you are)
  • Imagine ! (Topics: the natural world; further use of colour; gender; how to form the plural with definite articles)
  • Quel temps fait-il ? (Topics: weather phrases; days of the week)
  • Tu as un animal ? (Topics: animals; talking about pets, saying their name and giving a short description with adjectives; how to form the plural with indefinite articles)

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Price per Site Licence = £79.95 + VAT

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module 2 ZIM ZAM ZOUM Module 2 covers: classroom items and instructions, family, calendar, birthdays, places around town, directions, likes and dislikes, food, sport, healthy and unhealthy options, opinions, the alphabet, phonemes/graphemes prepositions and more about gender markers. There is also an introduction to some cultural and historical topics.

  • 7 units, each with an animated song
  • karaoke tracks and printable song-words
  • 40 printable differentiated activity sheets
  • 5 animated grammar explanations with interactive exercises and 2 animated phonetic explanations

Contents:

  • Zim Zam Zoum (A new version of the theme song)
  • L’autobus va en ville (Topics: places around town, directions, gender and definite articles)
  • La Salle de Classe (Topics: classroom items, instructions, imperatives, gender and indefinite articles, French cultural and historical topics)
  • L’anniversaire (Topics: months of the year, birthday, how to say the date)
  • J'aime et je n'aime pas (Topics: likes and dislikes, food, sport, leisure, opinions, healthy and unhealthy choices)
  • La Photo de ma Famille (Topics: family members, mon, ma, mes, prepositions)
  • L’alphabet (Topics: words beginning with each letter of the alphabet, spelling words, some common phonemes/graphemes)

Price per Site Licence = £109.95 + VAT

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Features of the ZIM ZAM ZOUM Software

  • 7 fully animated original songs, which are themed to support topics usually introduced in the first year of French. Most songs are in dialogue form and act as a springboard to real conversation.
  • The voices of native French children are embodied in charmingly drawn and animated characters, with which pupils immediately engage.
  • Karaoke tracks and printable song-words in French and English allow children to learn and sing the songs for performance in class or to parents.
  • Lip synchronisation of the animations helps pupils in their pronunciation. A button bar allows you to remove the music to focus on pronunciation, and then to remove the voices so, once they know the songs, children can sing along karaoke-style.
  • Animated grammar explanations and examples, with interactive keyboard exercises, help children to assimilate some basic knowledge of how the French language works.
  • Printable activity sheets (with answers) consolidate the vocabulary of the songs and expand understanding of the French language. Written at two levels, a Piste Verte for younger children and a Piste Rouge for older children or more intense study, these sheets are based on the songs and comprise word-searches, crosswords, gap-fill, code-breaking, role-play etc.
  • Further classroom activities - PDF of ideas
  • Guidance notes - PDF

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Benefits

  • Repetition without boredom: the animated songs are like role-plays or conversations set to melodic and memorable tunes. Each song presents words, phrases and sentences on two or three vocabulary topics and, because they are songs, all the repetition that is so necessary in foreign language learning happens naturally. Children revisit their classroom learning when they sing the songs again with their friends in the playground, or teach their siblings at home.
  • Motivation and participation: the animations and catchy melodies immediately engage the children and the visual aid doubles their understanding, making them all the keener to learn.
  • Support of QCA KS2 Scheme of Work, KS2 Framework for Languages and Scottish 5 – 14 Guidelines
  • Flexibility: all ages from 6 – 12 will enjoy and learn from Zim Zam Zoum at their own level. The software can therefore be used in many different classes and to support different styles of teaching.
  • Value for money: unlike many resources available for KS2 French, which are one-play activities, this programme can and should be used over and again with the same children, as they learn more and more from it with every playing, while their enjoyment of it seems to be unending!
  • Performance: performance is a great reward for children and these songs have little stories to them that lend themselves to performance, whether to the class, the rest of the school, or to parents. Providing karaoke tracks makes this easy for the teacher.
  • Confidence: children are able to join in fully, without embarrassment or fear of failure, as they are joining in communal singing, which is a shelter for those who are less confident.
  • Ease of navigation

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