Bonnes Vacances!

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Have a great summer everyone! When we get back in September I’m very much looking forward to being in school for 2 days a week – I’ll be teaching 🇫🇷in Rising Stars and Y3 on Tuesdays and in Y4/5/6 on Thursdays 😄 À bientôt 😄❤️🇫🇷🌞

Au revoir , à la prochaine, goodbye until we meet again

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Today was Year 6’s leavers’ assembly – well done, you did a fabulous job! And the French song at the end was lovely! Good luck in your new schools les enfants – and I hope you enjoy your language learning journey, whichever language you choose at secondary school. Vous allez nous manquer ! Click on the link under the photo to hear the song again ! ❤️🇫🇷

https://youtu.be/tdojbsTYkww

eTwinning visit to Eagle Heights

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Wow what a day !!!! ❤️ Thank you so much to everyone who made yesterday possible. As you may know, the staff at WCPS and our eTwinning partners École Gambetta Cambrai had spent a long time planning a joint visit to London. However, recent events in London had caused a few concerns to some pupils and parents, so to avoid any anxiety, the decision was made to change the trip rather than cancel it. Organising a trip involving 100 people from 2 schools, from 2 countries with different rules & regulations is a challenge in its own right. Reorganising one and finding somewhere suitable, available and within equal striking distance in less than a week is phenomenal! Well done and thank you to Miss Dring, Mrs Billingham & team for not giving up!

We all got up at the crack of dawn, to set off at 6 am sharp. En route we stopped off for a French themed breakfast of croissants, pancakes & juice . 


The journey took about 5 hours to get to Eagle Heights. École Gambetta were there, waiting for us when we arrived at 11:00. First contact was fab, with the children seeking out their pen pals in Y5, introducing themselves in French and English.

We got into our groups, then went for our picnic lunch – it was a glorious day, and we had spectacular views of the countryside as we started to get to know our partners. 


The French children were very curious about our school uniform! After lunch, I explained the team packs & the quiz rules, then we watched a fabulous falconry / birds of prey display – some of them flew really close to our heads!

 

Then we got started on the quiz !! The French and English children were in mixed groups & had to collaborate to complete their tasks – they had to answer questions in both languages and use the iPad in their team pack to take group photos and films around the site. When I get all the pictures & footage back, I’ll add up the points & announce the winning team! So far I only have my pictures, but when I get the rest I’ll add them to the French blog for you.



After the quiz, we took part in a “husky” experience- Eagle Heights are also a rescue centre for Huskies, so some of them were brought out for us to pet! 

We then had a group photo and time to play in the playground together before catching the coaches back home.

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We stopped off for a picnic tea on the way home, eventually getting back to Barnsley at 9:00. Pupils from both schools were amazing – you really made us all very proud of you, well done! 

Lego mini books

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In Y3 we have learned how to respond to “c’est qui?”by using “c’est… et aussi” – and by special request, here’s a link to the song “avec un gros nez” for you to practise and enjoy! 

In Y4 we finished our lego mini books , and I’m so pleased with how hard everyone has worked on them, they look amazing!

In Y5 we have been learning how to ask for something politely! We can now ask for classroom objects, a drink or to go to the loo in French 😄

Transport et aussi wanted posters!

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Y3 learned how to use the phrase “et aussi” today, which means “and also”. We practiced asking the question “c’est qui?”(who is it?) and replying with a list of characters: 

In Y4 we continued our work on personal descriptions, and wrote some fabulous wanted posters – such excellent work, it was really hard to choose who to send to the Praise Page! Keep it up Y4!

In Y5 & 6 we started to learn the names for methods of transport – and how to say how you travel to school – for example “Je vais à l’école à pied” but “en bus”.  

Also our little lunchtime KS2 French club is now on – if you’d like to come along and practice your French and maybe make something crafty, we meet in the KS2 open space at 12:30 on Thursdays – today we tried French handwriting and started to make bookmarks. 

Dictionaries and Dates

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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 !

 

 

 

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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 fête Maman!

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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 !

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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