ETwinning Visit from École Gambetta Cambrai


What an amazing French week have had at Worsbrough Common! Two teachers from our ETwinning partner school, Madame Le Calvé and Madame Do, received Erasmus Plus funding to spend a week shadowing teachers and teaching here in Barnsley. They have spent the mornings in the different classrooms, and have been on a variety of activities out with pupils in the afternoons- to the Experience Barnsley museum, the Mining Museum, the Language department of Darton College, and the Forest school. Today I was so excited to team teach with Madame Le Calvé. In Y3 and 4 she told the story of La Chenille Qui Fait Des Trous 🐛( The Hungry Caterpillar) , and in Y 5 and Y6 she told the story of “Mon Papa” (My Dad). We also learned about the logo of Cambrai ( 3 spires) and the towns symbols, the giants Martin and Martine ! To top it all off, we have started to learn a French Christmas song, Vive Le Vent. Madame Le Calvé told us about some special sweets made in their home town, called “les bétises de Cambrai” ( the mistakes of Cambrai) and gave everyone one to try. Merci, c’est delicieux!

Les feux d’artifice! 


In UKS2 we practiced colours and adjectival agreement whilst learning about French fireworks. We played a “human fruit machine ” game, writing sentences describing fireworks, trying to guess which cards the “fruit machine” was hiding.  We sang this song too – boum boum boum

In Y3 we learned to use “et” and played a “human sentence” game which got pretty competitive! Well done to purple team who won, but well done to the whole of Y3 for collaborating so well!! 

Still no Skype 


Sadly Skype wouldn’t work again this week, so Y5 recorded the song they have learned so that we can send it to Madame Le Calvé.

    We also practised our Avoir rap ! 

    Can you sing along ? 

    J’ai. A.I.

    Tu A.S.

    Il est, Elle est

    Nous avons, vous avez

    Ils et elles… O.N.T.

    We have been practising adjectival agreements, and listened to the story of the Emperor’s new clothes. We spotted a lot of cognates and a few false friends.

    In year 4 we have started to learn about parts of the body, and sang the song head, shoulders, knees & toes in French. Practise for next week!

    La tête, les épaules, les genoux et les pieds,

    La tête, les épaules, les genoux et les pieds,

    Les yeux , la bouche, le nez et les oreilles,

    La tête, les épaules, les genoux et les pieds!

    Le Verbe avoir 


    In Y5 we started learning to conjugate our first whole French verb! We made verb spiders and started to learn a French verb rap by DJ Delf ! Have a practise at home :

    Sadly Skype didn’t work properly today, so we couldn’t chat to our friends in France.

    In Y3 we learned the names of lots of animals, and in Y4 we listened to a story about a man who went on a boat journey with lots of animals. We learned a song by Henri Des called “ohé le bateau” :

    sportswear and first contact!


    In Y3 we learned class room instructions and played “Jacque a dit” which is just like Simon Says! Then we learned a song about instructions to the tune of 3 Blind Mice – listen to Mrs Wellings’ class sing !

    Finally, we designed icons to go with the instructions – look at Jaime’s fantastic icons!


    In UKS2 we continued looking at sport, and learned the names for items of sportswear. We also started learning a new song about our favourite sports.sportwear

    In Mrs Evans’ class we had our first Skype with Madame LeCalve’s new class – we each introduced ourselves, then they sang us a lovely song in English!


    Feeling Sporty? 


    Upper KS2 learned the names for sports in French and spotted a lot of cognates ! Then they talked about which sports they liked / disliked and gave reasons using parce que  (because). 

    In Year 4 we practised using a bilingual French / English dictionary & looked up lots of animals !

    In Year 3 we learned how to ask how some one is feeling, and six possible replies!

    Ça va



    The time came at last for Y6 to have their final French lesson with me – and as a reward for all their hard work and general awesomeness, Miss Dring let us have a French picnic. Y6 had really loved running the French café in September, but felt there was one particular item of French food they had missed out on…. Escargots 🐌🐌🐌! So this week they went for it. I ordered some snails, shells and garlic butter from French Click, which is an online retailer specialising in selling French food to people in the UK. Miss Harris and a group of Y6s prepared the snails. They came in a tin, and so the “chefs” had to scoop a snail out of the tin, pop it in a shell & cover it in garlic butter. Fope had made some tiny foil rings for the shells to sit in while they were being baked in the oven (180 degrees, 10-15 mins )… We cooked about 30 snails, and they nearly all got eaten! We also had lots of other delicious French food – baguettes, croissants, pains au chocolat, Camembert, jambon, and crèpes… What a lovely way to finish the year – I wish all of the Year 6s good luck in their new schools. Bonne chance!​

    Euro 2016


    We have all been getting a bit excited about Euro 2016 – not least because it is in France this year !! This week we have practised our French phonics and have learned how to pronounce the names of the 10 cities hosting the matches. We labelled a map of France, then made calligrams of all the city names.


    In case you want to learn some French phrases to shout out whilst you are watching the football, try some from this clip. The presenters’ accents aren’t perfect, but they are trying hard!

    In Y4 we managed to Skype Madame Le Calve’s class today – it was a bit touch and go, as for the first 10 minutes, Skype didn’t work. But we persevered and eventually we got through. We showed off our skills at pronouncing French towns, then they told us all about their trip to Canterbury. We had put some questions about it on a padlet, and they took it in turns to answer in English. They did really really well!

    Fashion disaster or fashion designer?


    We continued our work about clothing in UKS2, and linked clothes with adjectives so that we could describe them. Y4 and 5 designed 2 outfits each – one they’d love to wear, one which would be a total fashion no-no – can you tell which is which?

    tolluwa fashion disaster

    In Y4 some children prepared thinglinks describing the school uniform for our French friends who find the whole concept of uniform fascinating.








    In Y3 we learned the names for some fruits – we spotted several cognates, and then wrote our opinions of them, using adjectives too!

    Possessive adjectives!


    In Y4 and Y5 we learned to use the possessive adjectives mon, ma and mes – they all mean my! Mon is used for masculine nouns, ma is used for feminine nouns and mes is used for plural nouns – listen to Casy Jo and Alesha’s fantastic descriptions of their families!!


    To practise, visit this site to play a game!

    We skyped Madame Le Calvé’s class too – they sang us “I just can’t wait to be King” from the Lion King, in French!

    In Y3 we learned the numbers up to 15 and played a highly competitive game of wriggly worms in the hall ! Two teams battled it out to be number champions – it got quite tense, I can tell you! To practise your numbers, visit this site: