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At Churchtown we learn French from Reception to Year 6 

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Reception
 

In Reception we began our language journey by looking at a map of Europe and finding France and the United Kingdom. We discussed if the children had been to France and how did they travel there? What do they know about France?

We looked at greetings, saying hello and goodbye and we practised classroom instructions using gestures for Look ~ Listen ~ Repeat ~ Stand up ~ Sit Down Put up your hand etc.  We can also use our manners in French knowing how to say please and thank you.

We learned the questions for What is your name? and How are You? and through songs and actions we learned how to answer those questions.

We looked at how French children receive their Easter Eggs.

We introduced colours, using coloured eggs and enjoyed hiding the eggs to encourage the children to repeat the new vocabulary they had learned.

We Introduced the numbers 0 to 10 and listened to a French counting song.

As there is a forthcoming International Day in Southport celebrating the cultural diversity of our local area, all Reception pupils are preparing an International flag to be displayed at the event in King's Gardens.

Year 1 

In Year 1 we continued our language journey by looking at What did the children know already?  We looked at a French Flag and a European map. We discussed if the children had been to France and how did they travel there? What do they know about France?

Through games and songs, we revisited the familiar vocabulary of greetings ~ colours ~ numbers and classroom instructions.

During Book Week we discovered Brown Bear in French ~  'Ours Brun'

We read the story and the pupils joined in with the repeated phrases. We used toy animals to tell the story and they appeared and disappeared as they do in the book.

We looked at the tradition of Poisson d'avril ( April Fools' Day) and how it is celebrated in France. We have recapped numbers to 10 through games and songs and are moving on towards being confident counting to 20.

We talked about a forthcoming International Day in Southport celebrating the cultural diversity of our local area and all year 1 pupils are preparing an International flag to be displayed at the event in King's Gardens.

Year 2 

In Year 2 we continued our language journey by looking at What did the children know already?  We looked at a French Flag and a European map. We discussed if the children had been to France and how did they travel there? What do they know about France?

Through games and songs, we revisited the familiar vocabulary of greetings ~ numbers and classroom instructions. We enjoyed using actions to help our learning of colour names.

We revisited numbers and holding individual cards played a listening game where we had to change places when we heard our number. We also learned a number song to a familiar French tune. We are confidently moving on with our ability to count and have played games with wooden numbers and coloured skittles. We also enjoyed counting in a variety of voices, decided by the children.

We looked at how French children receive their Easter Eggs and learned the tradition of the church bells flying to Rome and returning with eggs for the children. To revisit our colours we hid some coloured eggs around the classroom and we practised repeating the colour words to guide our classmates in finding the eggs.

We looked at the tradition of Poisson d'avril ( April Fools' Day) and how it is celebrated in France.

We talked about a forthcoming International Day in Southport celebrating the cultural diversity of our local area and all year 2 pupils are preparing an International flag to be displayed at the event in King's Gardens.

Year 3 

In Year 3 we continued our language journey by looking at What did the children know already?  We looked at a French Flag and a European map and we can find France on a map. We discussed if the children had been to France and how did they travel there? What do they know about France?

We revisited greetings by using character cards to encourage the children to ask What is your name? and to respond using the name of the character on their card.

We looked at Days of the Week and discovered the similarities and differences between the French and English words. We also played table matching games.

We looked at how Christmas is celebrated in France. We made a Nativity Book and learned some Christmas vocabulary. We played a variety of games to practise saying the new words we had learned.

The children have also looked at the celebrations of the 6th January and were delighted to welcome Mrs Garnett, a parent in year 3. As a native French speaker, Mrs Garnett came into school to talk to the children about the history and tradition of 'La Galette des Rois '

3MW were very lucky and were able to taste the Galettes that Mrs Garnett had baked for them. The cake contains 'une fève'. The child who finds this fève (A little pottery figure) becomes the King or Queen for the day and wears a crown.

We moved on to writing the date in French. We ask the question ~ What is the date today? We count until we reach the correct date and the children say 'STOP' and we write it on the board. We then say the days of the week and months of the year until the date is complete.

We looked at Birthdays and sat down and stood up as our dates and months were mentioned in our rhyme. We played colour Loto (Bingo) and used actions to describe the colours. We also did a listening activity to decide the correct answer. We earned points for our choices.

We moved on to introduce sports and looked at masculine and feminine words. We played a guessing game with sports vocabulary hidden behind our backs.

During Book Week we discovered Dear Zoo in French ~ ' Ma surprise du zoo'

We read the story and the pupils joined in with the repeated phrases.

We had a further recap of our numbers by racing to find wooden numbers to show to the rest of the class.

We looked at the tradition of Poisson d'avril ( April Fools' Day) and how it is celebrated in France.

We learned the vocabulary for eight parts of body by learning the song 'Heads and shoulders, knees and toes'

We played Simon says to encourage repetition and pupils became the teacher, asking their classmates to name of the part of the body they were pointing to. We played a find the hidden parts of the body treasure hunt game ~ pupils give a grid reference and if there is a part of the body hidden in their square, the class can draw that part on their whiteboards to complete a drawing of a face. We also listened to a clip of a French Parts of the Body song.

For a forthcoming International Day in Southport celebrating the cultural diversity of our local area, all year 3 pupils are preparing an International flag to be displayed at the event in King's Gardens.

Year 4 

In Year 4 we continued our language journey by looking at What did the children know already?  We looked at a French Flag and a European map and we can find France on a map. We discussed if the children had been to France and how did they travel there? What do they know about France?

We revisited greetings by using character cards to encourage the children to ask What is your name? and to respond using the name of the character on their card.

We looked at Days of the Week and discovered the similarities and differences between the French and English words. We also played table matching games.

We looked at how Christmas is celebrated in France. We learned some Christmas vocabulary. We played a variety of games to practise saying the new words we had learned and deciphered a Christmas Code Breaker to reveal a seasonal greeting in French.

The children have also looked at the celebrations of the 6th January and were delighted to learn the history and tradition of 'La Galette des Rois '

We watched a clip of Raymond Blanc making la galette and discovered the  ingredients used.

The cake contains 'une fève'. The child who finds this fève (A little pottery figure) becomes the King or Queen for the day and wears a crown.

We moved on to writing the date in French. We ask the question ~ What is the date today? We count until we reach the correct date and the children say 'STOP' and we write it on the board. We then say the days of the week and months of the year until the date is complete.

We looked at Birthdays and sat down and stood up as our dates and months were mentioned in our rhyme. We played colour Loto (Bingo) and used actions to describe the colours. We labelled coloured balloons and we also did a listening activity to decide the correct answer. We earned points for our choices. We used trolls with different coloured hair to encourage spoken French and we played a game with stacking boxes where children had to guess the next colour hidden within the box.

We learned the French alphabet and used lots of amusing actions to help us to remember the pronunciation. We learned to ask How do you spell it? and each child can spell their name. We played a listening game 'Change places' where when you hear the letter you are holding you have to change places with another pupil.

To recap our knowledge of both the alphabet and numbers we looked at French car registration plates and were able to read them out, we also could recap colours as we described the colour of the car displaying the plates.

During Book Week we discovered The Little Elephant in French ~ ' Le Petit Éléphant'

We read the story and the pupils joined in with the repeated phrases. This book was chosen as it is about family which lead neatly into our next topic.

We used The Simpson puppets to demonstrate members of the family. We played lots of games to allow many opportunities to practise the spoken language. We watched and listened to a clip of a French song about the names of members of a French family.

We looked at how French children receive their Easter Eggs and learned the tradition of the church bells flying to Rome and returning with eggs for the children.

We looked at the tradition of Poisson d'avril ( April Fools' Day) and how it is celebrated in France.

Each child has an adjective to describe themselves, where possible beginning with the initial letter of their name, this allows for further conversation when the children introduce themselves around the class. For example ~ my name is Harry and I am happy. This also demonstrates the difference in the use of adjectives which describe masculine and feminine nouns.

We learned the vocabulary for eight parts of body by learning the song 'Heads and shoulders, knees and toes'

We played Simon says to encourage repetition and pupils became the teacher, asking their classmates to name of the part of the body they were pointing to. We played a find the hidden parts of the body treasure hunt game ~ pupils give a grid reference and if there is a part of the body hidden in their square, the class can draw that part on their whiteboards to complete a drawing of a face. We also listened to a clip of a French Parts of the Body song.

For a forthcoming International Day in Southport celebrating the cultural diversity of our local area ,all year 3 pupils are preparing an International flag to be displayed at the event in King's Gardens.

Year 4 pupils will soon be embarking on a project which will go towards our application for the British Council International School Award.

It will involve the children bringing home a Teddy Bear and writing a little bit about what they have done with the bear after school.

It is intended that this information will be shared with 2 of our partner schools. One in France and one in New Zealand. This will allow our children to have a small look into the  lives of children their age in other parts of the world, and to see what they do on a daily basis.

 

Year 5 

In Year 5 we continued our language journey by looking at What did the children know already?  We looked at a French Flag and a European map and we can find France on a map. We discussed if the children had been to France and how did they travel there? What do they know about France?

We revisited greetings by using character cards to encourage the children to ask What is your name? and to respond using the name of the character on their card.

We looked at Days of the Week and Months of The Year and discovered the similarities and differences between the French and English words. We also played table matching games.

We looked at how Christmas is celebrated in France. We learned some Christmas vocabulary. We played a variety of games to practise saying the new words we had learned and deciphered a Christmas Code Breaker to reveal a seasonal greeting in French.

The children have also looked at the celebrations of the 6th January and were delighted to learn the history and tradition of 'La Galette des Rois '

We watched a clip of Raymond Blanc making la galette and discovered the  ingredients used.

The cake contains 'une fève'. The child who finds this fève (A little pottery figure) becomes the King or Queen for the day and wears a crown.

We moved on to writing the date in French. We ask the question ~ What is the date today? We count until we reach the correct date and the children say 'STOP' and we write it on the board. We then say the days of the week and months of the year until the date is complete.

During Book Week we discovered The Ghosts of Loch Ness. (Les Fantômes au Loch Ness)

We read the story and the pupils were able to use their comprehension skills to establish what was happening in the story.

We introduced the topic 'Around Town' looking at relevant vocabulary and using games, songs and actions to help us to retain the new words.

We moved on to travel and transport and how we were able to travel from one place to another and using which mode of transport.

We then looked at the names of other countries using their flags and were able to construct more difficult sentences.

For Example ~ Where are you going? I am going to Africa by plane or I am going to Spain by boat etc.

We then looked at ways to enhance our sentences further by adding days of the week, travel companions and many more ideas thought of by the pupils.

We looked at how French children receive their Easter Eggs and learned the tradition of the church bells flying to Rome and returning with eggs for the children.

We looked at the tradition of Poisson d'avril ( April Fools' Day) and how it is celebrated in France.

Each child has an adjective to describe themselves, where possible beginning with the initial letter of their name, this allows for further conversation when the children introduce themselves around the class. For example ~ my name is Harry and I am happy. This also demonstrates the difference in the use of adjectives which describe masculine and feminine nouns. In Year 5 we have moved on to adding actions to our adjectives and we have learned the words for he and she. We used 'Gil' and 'Isabelle' to help us to know the difference. This allows us to introduce each other and aids our memories if our friends show us the action which accompanies their word.

To encourage their understanding of a variety of questions, we play a game where the pupils have to ask permission to sit down. The class respond with the question WHY? The game continues with the child saying that they are tired. Again we all ask WHY? the children used to respond by saying they had been to a party or been to the cinema, this led to further random question opportunities, Who did you go with, where was the party, which film did you see?

We have recently used dictionaries for an activity for the pupils to come up with their own ideas to vary these responses. They chose their own venue, a verb to describe what they did and an object.

We are just learning to use our new responses in sentences. They now vary from going to a zoo to see an animal, going to Italy to eat a pizza and going into space to see the stars. The children have worked really hard to invent these new scenarios and we will enjoy exploring these latest opportunities to allow the children to use the language they know spontaneously.

For a forthcoming International Day in Southport celebrating the cultural diversity of our local area, all year 5 pupils are preparing an International flag to be displayed at the event in King's Gardens.

Year 6
 

Year 6

In Year 6 we continued our language journey by looking at What did the children know already?  We looked at a French Flag and a European map and we can find France on a map. We discussed if the children had been to France and how did they travel there? What do they know about France?

We revisited greetings by using character cards to encourage the children to ask What is your name? and to respond using the name of the character on their card.

We looked at Days of the Week and Months of the Year and discovered the similarities and differences between the French and English words. We also played table matching games.

We looked at how Christmas is celebrated in France. We learned some Christmas vocabulary. We played a variety of games to practise saying the new words we had learned and deciphered a Christmas Code Breaker to reveal a seasonal greeting in French and we had a Christmas Quiz.

The children have also looked at the celebrations of the 6th January and were delighted to learn the history and tradition of 'La Galette des Rois '

We watched a clip of Raymond Blanc making la galette and discovered the  ingredients used.

The cake contains 'une fève'. The child who finds this fève (A little pottery figure) becomes the King or Queen for the day and wears a crown.

We moved on to writing the date in French. We ask the question ~ What is the date today? We count until we reach the correct date and the children say 'STOP' and we write it on the board. We then say the days of the week and months of the year until the date is complete.

During Book Week we discovered The Ghosts of Loch Ness.  (Les Fantômes au Loch Ness)

We read the story and the pupils were able to use their comprehension skills to establish what was happening in the story and extract what they could from the text.

We were also able to look at two other stories -The Animals and The Little Elephant.

As the pupils are confident using French numbers, we introduced the topic of ‘Time.’  Looking at the relevant vocabulary we used games, songs and actions to help us to retain the new words.

We looked at times on the hour, at half past and at quarter to and quarter past. Pupils were able to work out the times in between. We played an alien guessing game, trying to guess at which time the alien would land his space ship on earth and we earned lots of points.

We learned a song about Daily Routine enabling the introduction of reflexive verbs and we performed it in groups and as a class. We watched a clip of a family of skeletons and we joined in with their dance as they journeyed through 12 hours of a day. We designed paper plate clocks and decorated them with French illustrations and we completed a Year 6 Booklet of Time. We had chance to try out asking the question What time is it? and we looked at the times of television programmes. We used wooden clocks to question each other as we worked in pairs and in table groups.

We looked at how French children receive their Easter Eggs and learned the tradition of the church bells flying to Rome and returning with eggs for the children.

We looked at the tradition of Poisson d'avril ( April Fools' Day) and how it is celebrated in France. We made a fish to stick on an adult’s back.

Each child has an adjective to describe themselves, where possible beginning with the initial letter of their name, this allows for further conversation when the children introduce themselves around the class. For example ~ my name is Harry and I am happy. This also demonstrates the difference in the use of adjectives which describe masculine and feminine nouns. In Year 6 we have moved on to adding actions to our adjectives and we have learned the words for he and she. We used 'Gil' and 'Isabelle' to help us to know the difference. This allows us to introduce each other and aids our memories if our friends show us the action which accompanies their word.

To encourage their understanding of a variety of questions, we play a game where the pupils have to ask permission to sit down. The class respond with the question WHY? The game continues with the child saying that they are tired. Again we all ask WHY? the children used to respond by saying they had been to a party or been to the cinema, this led to further random question opportunities, Whom did you go with, where was the party, which film did you see?

We have recently used dictionaries for an activity for the pupils to come up with their own ideas to vary these responses. They chose their own venue, a verb to describe what they did and an object.

We are just learning to use our new responses in sentences. They now vary from going to a zoo to see an animal, going to Italy to eat a pizza and going into space to see the stars. The children have worked really hard to invent these new scenarios and we will enjoy exploring these latest opportunities to allow the children to use the language they know spontaneously.

For a forthcoming International Day in Southport celebrating the cultural diversity of our local area, all year 6 pupils are preparing an International flag to be displayed at the event in King's Gardens.