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!
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!
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?
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!
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! http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/french/sect07/no_4/no_4.htm
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:
In Y6 we played French playground games in the sunshine to celebrate the end of SATS week. We played boules, la marelle ( like hopscotch, but with slightly more complicated rules) and beret. Beret is a game where you have to lines facing each other. Each person has a number ( the same as the person opposite) – a “beret” ( or in our case a beanbag!) is thrown in the middle & the leader calls out a number in French. The 2 people who have that number have to race with one hand behind their back to pick up the beanbag – no touching of the other player allowed!
In Y3 we learned how to use the phrase C’est ( it is). We watched a cartoon in French – the story of the hare & the tortoise ( le lièvre et la tortue). We then drew pictures of some of the characters in the cartoon and wrote sentences describing them:
In Year 5 & 6 we ready the story of little red riding hood – le petit chaperon rouge. We spotted lots of cognates, and had lots of fun reading the dialogue with lots of expression! Oh grand-mère, comme tu as de grands yeux!
To practice describing someone, have a go at the activities on this fab website!
Year 4 had such a fun lesson today ! We played Guess Who for the whole lesson, practising our French speaking and listening. First of all, we had a practice game amongst ourselves, then at 9:45 Madame Le Calvé’s class came online and we played with them. We both had the same image up on screen. Y4 asked their questions in French, and the other class replied oui or non. Then they had their turn, trying to guess who we had picked by asking us in English.
Y5 and Y6 finished off their Lego people and wrote some fantastic descriptions of them – have a look on the French display to see how well they did! Some of them are hanging up between the Poissons d’avril !
In Y3 we learned to use the word mais (but) in a sentence – we played quiz quiz trade , revised how to say we adore or déteste something, then wrote some fab sentences !
In Y4 we skyped with Madame Le Calvé’s class again – it seems ages since we last saw them, because we had 2 weeks holiday, then they had the next 2 weeks off… We’re back on it now! We talked about St George’s Day, as I had sent them a book about the story. They found it very interesting, and had been learning about the flags that make up our Union Jack.
Next week we are going to play “guess who” with them via Skype, so Y4 you need to practise describing someone:
Il a = he has
Elle a = she has
Les cheveux = the hair
Les yeux = the eyes
Une moustache = a moustache
Une barbe = a beard
Des lunettes = some glasses
longs = long courts = short bouclés = curly en brosse = spiky
Marron = brown roux = red / ginger noirs = black blonds = blonde
Il a les cheveux noirs? He has black hair?
Elle porte des lunettes? She wears glasses ?
Il a les yeux bleus? He has blue eyes?
Elle a les cheveux roux? She has red hair ?
Il a les cheveux courts ? He has short hair?
Elle a les cheveux longs? She has long hair?
We have continued our work on personal descriptions in UKS2, and have started making some Lego mini books – needless to say, everything is awesome! Watch this space – I’ll post some pictures when we have finished them.
In Y3 we learned how to use a bilingual dictionary. We looked at how the dictionary was structured, and how it uses colour to help you find the right section. It has all the words in French first in the first half of the book. In the second half of the book, the words are in English first. We practised sorting words alphabetically, then played “stop the bus” to practise looking words up quickly. Then we used an “I spy” sheet to look up some French nouns & to write them down in our charts.
In Y4,5 and 6 we learned how about the subject pronouns il and elle ( he and she or it), and how to say he / she is ( il / elle est) and he / she has ( il / elle a). Then we used these to describe someone and created some fabulous “Wanted” posters !