Dictionaries and Dates


Today has been so full of great moments. I don’t know where to start!! I think I’ll go with Y3 who were such great learners this morning – they used bilingual dictionaries for the first time, so we started off by looking at alphabetical order, and sorting some words. Then we had a good long look at how the dictionaries are organised to help us find words. Y3 thought that the colour coding was very useful, as were the markings on the edge of the pages – very good observations ! We then played I Spy, and used the dictionaries to look up the French words for pictures on the I Spy sheet. You could have heard a pin drop, they were all so absorbed in their learning. Proud teacher 🙂

Then Y4 learned how to say the date in French – so we had to revise days of the week, months and numbers up to 31. Then we learned that dates in French don’t have “th” on them, and don’t start with a capital letter. So today would be jeudi le vingt-sept avril. Once we had learned to say the date, we played a game a bit like “battleships”, circling dates on calendars, and trying to cross off the dates that our partner had circled. My favourite quote was “aren’t we doing any learning today Miss” from a pupil (who shall remain nameless!) who was clearly having too much fun…. You know who you are !

In Y5 & 6 we learned the verb avoir and used the Talk 4 Writing technique to learn a story in French. We learned quite a few new words and lots of BSL signs to help us retell the story. For those of you who wanted a copy of the story to practise for next week, here it is:

Year 5 had a lovely Skype call with Madame Le Calve’s class too – they told us about their hobbies (in English), and we told them about our favourite subjects and why (in French). They also helped us to learn the verb aller (to go).

We have to get really good at it for next week, so we can sing them the song we learned by DJ Delf. Keep practising !





Y3 learned how to ask for something politely in French , using Je voudrais which means “I would like”. They then made little hexagon mini books to show what they would like. 

In Y4 we learned to count up to 31 and did some addition sums in French. Ask us to show off our counting skills! To practise, try this Quizlet

In Y5 and 6 we learned how to say which subjects we prefer and why. To practise talking about your school subjects, visit this BBC Schools site. 

Bonne fĂȘte Maman!


In Y4 and Y6 we used bilingual dictionaries to help translate some sentences from French into English. Some of the sentences contained cognates, so were quite easy to translate, but for others we had to look up some unfamiliar words. I was particularly pleased with how well you collaborated and were so absorbed in your work Y4 ! 

We then used those sentences to write Mother’s Day cards 💐

In Y3 and Y5 we made Les Cloches Volantes” to send to our respective eTwinning partner classes for Easter. Flying Bells ! Yes that’s a thing at Easter in France ! 

Very ‘appy !


In Y5 and 6 we have started to learn the names for school subjects, and conducted a survey in French, asking people what their favourite subjects were. I’m glad to say there were lots of “Le Français” answers 😊❀🇫🇷!

In Miss Bartley’s class we learned the difference between the definite and indefinite article in French. Well done – you all wrote some lovey sentences:

And why am I very “‘appy” ? It’s because Mel has put a fab new French app on the iPads – and at the moment it seems to be free on the Apple App Store.  It’s called French Builder 1 – but make sure you ask your parents or carers before downloading it at home. 

French Builder 1 by Firekite

Quel temps fait-il?


In Year 5 & 6 we have been learning about the weather, and how to give a weather forecast. Look at some of Y5’s weather reports!

Visit this fab site to practice the weather in French! http://www.french-games.net/frenchtopics

In Y3 we have learned that in French the colours always come after the noun – we played quiz quiz trade, and every one coached their partners so well – I was so impressed I got goosebumps – a real proud teacher moment, well done Y3.

In Y4 we started to learn about some words for food in French – we spotted lots of cognates and a few surprises in among the words 🐌!

To practise your French foods, click here http://www.french-games.net/frenchtopics


Weather reports, monsters and mini books!


In Year 6 we made mini books telling our own versions of Quel Temps fait-il Berthe? – we had some very funny weather / clothing combinations! 

In Y4 we finished our work on body parts by writing about our monsters, and we made monster pillar people, with the descriptions on them! They look so fab, well done! 

In Y5 we wrote some amazing weather reports ! Mr Gill started filming a few using a green screen, but I think we’ll have another go next week 😂. 

This week we looked at a picture by Henri Matisse in Y3 – its called L’escargot 🐌!  We learned how to say J’adore ça and Je dĂ©teste ça. What do you think? 

Made with Padlet

Bonne Année ! Happy New Year!


This week in Y3 we learned some of the French names for colours – Luke was sent to the praise page for working independently and learning a whopping ELEVEN colours!

Try the games on this fab site to practise your colours !


In Year 4 and 6 we learned about how the French celebrate Epiphany – we learned about La Galette des Rois and designed and described our own crowns. I wonder what you would do if you were king or queen for a day ? 👑 👸 

Watch this short video to find out more!

In Year 5 we finished off our cards for our eTwinning partners in Cambrai – I know they are eagerly awaiting your replies to their amazing introductory letters! 

Vive Le Vent




What a great Christmas concert ! I am so proud of you all for singing so well in French today! Actually I was proud of you before we even started the performance this morning. That is because as I arrived at school, 5 people stopped me to say how great the French song had been in the rehearsal yesterday 🙂


First thing this morning, we had a quick sing through some of the tricky bits in Y3, when Tito told me he had been practising… He wasn’t kidding – have a listen to this – I’m sure you’ll agree, he really nailed it!

Joyeux NoĂ«l ! Have a great Christmas and a happy New Year – and see you in 2017!

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 CalvĂ© 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 CalvĂ©. 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 CalvĂ© told us about some special sweets made in their home town, called “les bĂ©tises 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!!