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Modern Foreign Languages

Teaching Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) focuses on enabling pupils in Key Stage 2 to make substantial progress in one language.  Here at Kimbolton Primary Academy, we have been learning French in Oak and Rowan classes with Mrs. Traynor since September 2014.

The course provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and is aimed to lay the foundations for further MFL learning at Key Stage 3 as pupils move on to secondary education.  Pupils are enabled to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar routine topics, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.  The focus of learning in MFL will be on practical communication

Pupils are taught to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places and things and actions orally and in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine and masculine forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English  

       

Week ending 14th September 2018

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash class remembered how to greet each other, we learnt how to ask if we were okay and we reacted very quickly to French instructions. We learnt how to tell someone our name and to ask what their name was, and then watched the Early Start French DVD about this.  We began labelling a map of northern France where these DVDs are set. Keep up this good work, Year 2 in Ash.

Oak Class

Oak class started a new topic: La maison (the house). They studied the words for rooms in the house and looked at similarities with English words. Pupils put labels on a model of a house and realised that our topics in French link up: who remembered the names of family members from the topic La Famille last year? Ardeche (Year 3) then completed a double worksheet matching up rooms in the house and what happens in them. Seine (Year 4) tackled a worksheet identifying which members of the family were in which room.  

Rowan Class

Rowan class took part in a spelling bee where their knowledge of how to spell parts of the body (including accents) was impressive.  Links were made to English words and even to Greek and Spanish words.  Garonne (Year 6) solved a dictionary challenge, separating parts of the body vocabulary from words on another topic, but what was the other topic?  Loire finished labelling their backed pictures.  Watch out for the wall display outside Hazel!  We then went on to complete recent work or to do picture lotto.  Another busy lesson, Rowan!       

Week ending 7th September 2018

Ash Class (Year 2)

This was their first ever French lesson, eagerly awaited by some pupils and by others with apprehension. We learnt how to greet each other and how to respond with actions to some French instructions. We visited a pop-up French museum and showed an impressive knowledge of how to use a waffle iron and what a French dictionary is for! We watched the introduction to the Early Start French DVD series and noticed that uniform is not worn in French schools. Well done, Year 2 in Ash. This was a very good start!

Oak Class

Oak class answered questions about their opinions of various foods.  This was done well despite the long summer break!   Ardeche (Year 3) then compiled a French menu, choosing and copying their words carefully from our Café Dominique display, and remembering to write them in the correct section.  Seine (Year 4) matched words to pictures on a drawing of a French meal table.  Yes, sugar (le sucre) can come in cubes! 

Rowan Class

Rowan class revised some well- remembered vocabulary of parts of the body in a lively activity standing in a circle. Using this vocabulary Loire (Year 5) labelled a backed coloured photo (Bruno Mars, Claudia Winkelman and Emeli Sande were in the mix!) while Garonne (Year 6) began a set of worksheets of increasing difficulty.

Week ending 20th July 2018

Ash Class

Ash class continued their food topic by expressing their opinion of items of food in answer to the question ‘Tu aimes...?’ (Why do children prefer chocolate to quiche?!) They identified food and drink vocabulary on their song sheet ‘Moi, jai soif, je voudrais un Orangina’ and then sang the song 'a capella', no mean feat as the tempo is fast and the words quite tricky. Well done !

Oak Class No lesson

Rowan Class No lesson

Week ending 13th July 2018

Ash Class

Ash class continued their work on the topic of food by revising food vocabulary with the help of flashcards. They joined with enthusiasm in the choruses of the song ‘Moi, jai soif, je voudrais une Orangina’ and then worked on a checklist of the food vocabulary in the song, translating the items into English and trying very hard to spell the words correctly. One more French lesson this term to go, Ash!

Oak Class

We noted French vocabulary relating to the head:  this was quite complicated as we learnt eye colour, hair colour and hairstyles.  Using a description of the teacher- the only person in the room with a combination of 'les yeux noisette' (hazel eyes) and 'les cheveux courts et gris' (short grey hair) is Mrs. Traynor, the class wrote their own description and then drew their own self portrait which had to match.  This was our last French lesson of the term and so we will roll our topic over into next term.   

Rowan Class (Year 5 only)

This was our last French lesson of the term and Year 6 pupils were out on their Leavers’ Day Out. Year 5 discussed the qualities needed for certain occupations and made lists of appropriate English adjectives. In two teams they used dictionaries to translate these adjectives into English, but they were not all in our Primary French dictionaries: we need a bigger dictionary! Then we filled gaps in a worksheet to write what our career hopes might be, which adjectives matched that job and what the workplace would be. Watch out for the ‘Les Métiers’ wall display next term.

Week ending 6th July 2018

Ash Class (Year 2) 

Ash class continued their work on the topic of food. They watched on YouTube the song ‘Je suis une pizza’, having already practised the vocabulary with the help of flashcards and real food items. Anchovies, what are they? (But the singer doesn’t want them on her pizza!) As expected they were keen to join in with the song and they were soon able to sing the repeats and then to join in the whole song with enthusiasm. Next, they showed their comprehension by illustrating the labels on a pizza worksheet.

Oak Class

Oak class sang again ‘Tête, épaules, genoux, pieds.’ Practice makes perfect! Well done for persevering, Oak! They learnt about the French tooth mouse ‘la petite souris’ and played a guessing game. How interesting that some words ‘le bras’ (arm) are so much easier to remember than others ‘la jambe’ (leg)!  Each pupil took individual stock of where they were up to in their set of worksheets, the new one being a wordsearch.

Rowan Class No lesson

 

Week ending 29th June 2018

Ash Class (Year 2) No lesson

Oak Class

Oak class reprised the song ‘Tête, épaules, genoux, pieds’, not as easy as you might think as we know it too well in English. However, we had no need to watch ‘Si tu as la joie au cœur, frappe les mains’ (If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands) on YouTube as the class already know it so well from French Singing Assembly. Groovy actions, Oak!  We spent five minutes illustrating the worksheet of that song as a comprehension exercise and then tackled our set of body worksheets.  It is very rewarding to see such skilful use being made of dictionaries now.

Rowan Class

Using the first set of job flashcards, we had more fun performing mimes as a team game with bonus points being won for pronunciation and correct use of the verb ‘être’. Then linking our knowledge of café dialogue (‘je voudrais – I would like) with our new favourite verb (‘être’ – to be) we made up sentences saying what we would like to be, following this up with a worksheet on the same theme.  Keep spinning those plates, Rowan!

 

Week ending 22nd June 2018

Ash Class (Year 2)

Continuing their topic ‘Au café’, Ash Class learnt how to order a variety of snacks in a café situation and then put this into practice in groups of five using props (Chef/waitress/waiter/barman aprons and tablecloth). The trickiest role was for the waiter/waitress who had to remember what the orders were in order to tell the chef and the barman (in French of course!) They then decoded clues to items on our French café menu. Anyone for 1 J d’O or 2 CB? A fun lesson, Ash!

Oak Class

Oak class redrafted their work on ‘Mon Village,’ and produced some impressive pieces of written French. These will form part of a wall display once the World Cup is over. We then began a new topic ‘Le corps’ (Parts of the body), watching on YouTube a French version of the song ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ (Tête, épaules, genoux, pieds) and practising this several times with actions. Next, we started on a structured set of worksheets on our new topic.

Rowan Class

Using flashcards, we learnt a third set of jobs and also managed to remember most of the ones we have learnt previously. Then with a partner, the class made up mimes of occupations for the rest of the class to identify. This was fun, even though the guessers of each mime had to remember to use the correct part of the newly learnt verb ‘être’ (to be) in their answers. Learning a language is like spinning plates: you have to keep what you have already done fresh in your memory, so we linked the topics of jobs and places in the town, making up oral and then written sentences on where people work e.g. Un professeur travaille à l’école. Good work, Rowan!

Week ending 15th June 2018

Ash Class (Year 2)

Still working hard at their topic ‘Au café’, Ash Class learnt how to order a variety of drinks in a café situation and then put this into practice in groups of three using props (waitress/waiter apron and tablecloth). The final performance was a polished one and needless to say our polite pupils remembered to say ‘S’il vous plaît’ and ‘Merci’. Well done, Ash! They then linked pictures of drinks on a worksheet with the correct labels, which proved to be a trickier task than expected. (What is the difference between a teapot and a coffee pot!?)

Oak Class

Oak class revised the names of places in a town using ‘Tout le Monde’ flashcards. We then read a text about a French village and adapted this to write about Kimbolton. The French village had no swimming pool but many pupils were keen to record that it was pity (c’est dommage!) that Kimbolton no longer has a post office. Once we have redrafted this written work for display, we start a new topic next week!

Rowan Class

Rowan class made a foray into French grammar by learning part of the verb ‘être’ (to be), making up oral sentences which linked this verb with the occupations on flashcards, e.g. 'Long John Silver est pirate'! Some of these cropped up in the next worksheet. Some pupils have worked through all the picture lotto cards and are now reading books from our ‘Bibliothèque’. Who knew that Madame Vite-Fait is Little Miss Quick?

 

Week ending 8th June 2018

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash class practised their French chant and the different flavours of ice cream, and then did several role plays between an ice cream seller and a customer. This included greetings, ordering the ice cream politely and saying goodbye. We then left our ice cream parlour and completed a worksheet about our ice cream preferences. Impressive work, Ash!

 

Oak Class

Oak class went back over the names of places in a town. In feedback from last week’s work we talked about how to avoid copying mistakes, to remember to put in accents and whether to use ‘le, l’ or la’ in front of each noun. We then finished labelling our maps of Kimbolton. Next week, some written composition!

 

Rowan Class

Rowan class continued their new topic ‘Les métiers’ (Occupations). Using flashcards we learnt the names of a second set of jobs and also managed to remember the eight we learnt last week. Interesting questions emerged: What is the difference between a fisherman (pêcheur) and a fishmonger (poissonnier) and who recognised Jamie Oliver? We then carried on with solving the puzzles on our set of worksheets. Steady work, Rowan!

Week ending 25th May 2018

Ash Class

Ash Class learnt a chant for use in a French café and then moved on to learning how to order different flavours of ice cream. We watched an Early Start Languages DVD on this topic. We continued this theme in a colouring and a reading comprehension exercise. Role play coming soon!

 

Oak Class

Oak class watched the Early Start DVD ‘Toutes Directions’. We then practised saying the names of places in the town, using two sets of flashcards, and decided if we had such places in Kimbolton. The class then began labelling in French their Kimbolton maps.

 

Rowan Class

Rowan class started a new topic ‘Les métiers’ (Occupations). Using flashcards we learnt the names of eight jobs and then looked at which have a feminine form of the word (boulanger/boulangère) and which do not (astronaute). We then started on a set of worksheets: solving the puzzles on these required the class to use dictionaries in a few places. Very pleasing to see how the children use these with such confidence now!

 

Week ending 18th May 2018

Rowan Class

We welcomed back Year 6 after SATs by plunging them into our spoken French game of quizzing each other in a circle, this time on four topics! We then read the story of Elmer’s colours in French (and English) and completed a worksheet on similes linked to the story. Some imaginative and creative work, Rowan! (Look out for the wall display)

 

Oak Class

We completed last week’s reading comprehension task, following directions to place buildings in a French town. We went on to play Pointless, with display sheets of actual questions on the theme of places in the town, from the popular television quiz show. Pupils were very good at this, conferring with their partner and being good sports when the results were revealed. The class then gave a spoken vocabulary list of places in Kimbolton ready for labelling maps next week.

 

Ash Class

Ash class continued their work on ‘Les fruits et les légumes’. They showed confidence in stating their likes and dislikes, but need reminding in their writing to add an ‘s’ for plurals e.g. ‘Je déteste les bananes’ (This is tricky as in spoken French you don’t hear the ‘s’, even though it really is there) We watched two YouTube clips: ‘Apprendre les légumes’ and the song ‘J’aime les fruits’ which we reprised by singing along with enthusiasm.

Week ending 11th May 2018

Rowan Class (Year 5 only)

Rowan class continued their oral revision by quizzing each other, this time on three topics. This was the last lesson on our dictionary project.   The pupils have worked very hard on this, even (or especially) when the tasks were quite challenging:  they declared this project a  success and fun!  It has expanded their knowledge of French vocabulary, has made them aware of how much packaging has a foreign language on it and also opened their eyes to the ingredients of some of the processed food we eat.   

 

Oak Class

Oak class watched the Early Start French 2 DVD 'En ville', revised simple directions with actions and then participated in the French song ‘Le port, le port, c’est loin?’ where they learnt how to understand and give more complicated directions. Together we began a reading comprehension task, following directions to place buildings in a French town.  

 

Ash Class

Ash class began a new topic ‘Les fruits et les légumes’ (Fruit and vegetables). They practised saying these using plastic and real items and went on to link this topic with phrases of preference e.g. J’adore les pommes! We watched two YouTube clips: ‘Apprendre les fruits’ and ‘J’aime les fruits’ and joined in the songs. They went on to write French labels on pictures of fruit and vegetables.  Well done, Ash, for knowing what these fruit and vegetables are!

 

 

Week ending 4th May 2018

Rowan Class (Year 5 only)

Rowan class did more oral revision by quizzing each other in a circle, this time on two topics. We then continued with our dictionary project, working at worksheets about French packaging to learn new vocabulary from the information provided. The lessons we learnt were to go slowly and carefully, not to jump to conclusions and to read the question!

 

Oak Class

Oak class reprised the song ‘Voici le port’, Year 3 impressing Year 4, who were at Grafham last week, with their knowledge about General de Gaulle. Well remembered, Oak!  We followed this up by learning a rhyme with actions giving simple directions and then used flashcards to learn how to ask the way and to give directions to places in the town. Their written work was to solve word puzzles on this topic, completing words with gaps in and joining two halves of words.

 

Ash Class (Year 2)

To complete their topic on ‘Les animaux’, Ash class learnt how to express their preferences with actions and linked this with the plural of animals. This grammar point was softened by their rendition of a song entitled ‘J’aime les vaches, j’aime les poules’ sung to the tune of Jingle Bells. They went on to complete sentences about their animal preferences, in the plural. Who can guess what the new topic will be next week?

Week ending 26th April 2018

Rowan Class (Year 5 only)

Rowan Class started with some oral revision of basic French and proved themselves to be very adept at quizzing each other in a circle. We then started on a dictionary project, working at worksheets about French packaging to learn new vocabulary from the information provided. This was an innovation but Year 5 coped very well, as always rising to a challenge, with some pupils declaring it fun!

 

Oak Class

While most of Year 4 were at Grafham Water, Oak Class used flashcards to learn some more places in the town and studied the song 'Voici le port'.  They managed to join in, even though the tempo is fast and the words quite tricky, learning something about Charles de Gaulle, 'en passant.'  After all this effort, we were on home ground, tackling the set of town worksheets.   

 

Ash Class (Year 2)

Continuing their topic ‘Les animaux’, Ash Class joined in the YouTube version of 'Un grand cerf' with actions.  They then   revised animal vocabulary using flashcards and toy animals, and then continued this theme in a written task, saying which pets they have, what their names were and their colours. A wall display is in the making. Well done, Ash!

 

Week ending 20th April 2018 

Rowan Class

This was Rowan’s Easter lesson, delayed from last term so that we could complete our topic on Nationalities. We reminded ourselves how Easter is celebrated in France and revised some Easter vocabulary. We then completed Easter pictures according to instructions and several pupils tackled a dictionary worksheet ‘Pâques dans le dictionnaire’.

 

Oak Class

Oak class began a new topic ‘La Ville’ (the town). They studied the names of buildings and places in a French town, looked at how some of the words were like English words and pinned labels on a plan of a French town. They heard what names of French streets might be and how France’s rural characteristic influences life in a French town. We then matched French vocabulary to drawings of places in a French town.

 

Ash Class (Year 2)

Oak class practised the song ‘Un grand cerf’ with actions. This was a good effort as Year 2 had already joined in older pupils performing this song in French Singing assembly. We watched the Early Start French DVD ‘Tu as un animal?’ (which featured many cute French pets) and then moved on to our set of pet worksheets and puzzles.

 

Week ending 29th March 2018 

Rowan Class

No lesson

 

Oak Class

No lesson

 

Ash Class (Year 2)

Continuing their topic ‘Les animaux’, Ash Class revised some domestic animal vocabulary using toys and glove puppets, followed by participation in a PowerPoint presentation of cartoon animals, their colours and names. This involved an exciting early exposure to adjectival agreement! They then ended the term finishing written work, and some had time to start an animal wordsearch.

Week ending 23rd March 2018

Rowan Class

Rowan class completed their topic on nationalities and countries. Using flashcards, they managed to say what the capitals of some European countries and enjoyed a quiz matching rhyming words to the names of countries. Some pupils started a new worksheet featuring Queen Elizabeth II and Andy Murray, while others completed some earlier work.

 

Oak Class

Oak class revised some Easter vocabulary using display sheets and flashcards. They quickly learned an Easter rhyme ‘Deux petits lapins assis près du lac’ with actions and then went on to revise colours by completing an Easter themed picture. Joyeuses Pâques, Oak!

 

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash class learned about how Easter is celebrated in France and then studied some Easter vocabulary using display sheets, flashcards and real objects. Fortunately the egg (l’œuf) was a hard boiled one that Mrs Traynor had prepared earlier! They quickly learned an Easter rhyme with actions ‘Deux petits lapins assis près du lac’ as it was similar to one they already knew: ‘Deux petits oiseaux assis sur une branche.’ Finally, copying the Easter greeting ‘Joyeuses Pâques,’ they made Easter cards. Joyeuses Pâques, Ash!

 

Week ending 16th March 2018 

Rowan Class

We looked at flashcards of people from different countries and tried to name the famous ones. (Did you know that Novak Djokovic speaks five languages?) When we played a card game of ‘Vrai ou Faux’, we remembered the rules of adjectival agreement and found out that Picasso and Pinocchio are different people! Continuing with our set of worksheets, pupils completed sentences, joined up two halves of dialogues and did a word search. A very productive lesson, Rowan!

 

Oak Class

Oak Class completed their oral revision, quizzing each other on four topics this time, the trickiest being what siblings we have. This was our last lesson on the dictionary project. To the credit of Oak class, the general consensus was that they had enjoyed the challenge and had derived a sense of achievement from the trickier questions. (They also said they notice foreign languages on packaging now, even when it is not French) Well done, Oak!

 

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash class studied another set of animal flashcards, this time of more exotic ones, the most popular of which were ‘un gorille’ and ‘une tortue marine’. We learnt how to ask which pet someone has and revised the answer to this. Well done, Ash, for doing this with such confidence. On a worksheet pupils translated French labels of farm animals into English.

 

Week ending 9th March 2018 

Rowan Class

We revised saying we came from which different country and which city we might live in. Yes, New Delhi is in India (Inde)! When we went on to learn how to say more nationalities, Rowan’s good friend ‘adjectival agreement’ came in again and was well received! On worksheets we then linked flags and children from different countries with French phrases. Very pleasing that Rowan are engaging so well with this tricky topic!

 

Oak Class

Oak Class carried on with even more oral revision, quizzing each other on three topics this time. Continuing with our dictionary project, working on worksheets about French packaging to learn new vocabulary from the information provided, pupils applied the rules from last week: going slowly and carefully, not jumping to conclusions and reading the question. Good result, Oak!

 

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash Class began a new topic ‘Les animaux’. They practised saying the new vocabulary of domestic pets, and, using flashcards, went on to learn how to say which pet they might have. We went on to write French labels on pictures of pets and then tested each other on this new vocabulary.  Good start, Ash! 

Week ending 2nd March 2018 

Rowan Class

On our new topic ‘Les pays et les nationalités’, we learnt the names of a few more countries and then went on how to find out how to say we came from that country. This proved to be a lot easier than saying we were going to that country! Rowan then continued with their new set of worksheets. Even though it is not difficult to recognise the names of the countries in French, it is trickier not to fall into the trap of spelling them in the English way!

 

Oak Class

Oak Class did more oral revision and rose to the challenge of quizzing each other in a circle, this time on two topics. We then continued with our dictionary project, working at worksheets about French packaging to learn new vocabulary from the information provided. The lessons we learnt were to go slowly and carefully, not to jump to conclusions and to read the question! Meanwhile Year 3 (Seine) did an illustrated comprehension under test conditions. Another busy lesson.

 

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash Class worked in a circle, telling us their names, where they live, their number of brothers and sisters and their age. The class then completed grids about eight French children from posters that Mrs Traynor had sellotaped to the tables! Moving from table to table, Year 2 worked very hard at this. Well done, Ash! You did well in an afternoon lesson on a snowy day!

 

Week ending 23rd February 2018

Rowan Class

In the first lesson of this half term, we started on a new topic ‘Les pays et les nationalités’ (Countries and nationalities). We laid down the proviso that we would be avoiding racial stereotypes (French people do not ride bicycles wearing onions round their necks!) Using flashcards, we learnt the names of some countries and that the preposition changes according to the gender of the country we are going to: ‘Je vais en Italie et au Royaume Uni.’ Then using atlases, we labelled a map of Europe with the French names of countries and started a crossword on the same vocabulary. Well done, Rowan. This was an excellent start.

 

Oak Class

Oak class started with some oral revision of basic French and proved themselves to be very adept at quizzing each other in a circle. Speedy and accurate work, Oak!  We then started on the next phase of our dictionary project, working at worksheets about French packaging to learn new vocabulary from the information provided. This was an innovation but the pupils coped very well, as always rising to a challenge.

 

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash class revised how to ask where people lived. They did this in a circle and impressed Mrs Traynor who has recently moved house and now has to remember to say: ‘J’habite à Brington’! We then practised saying how many brothers and sisters we have and those with more than one brother or sister got their chance to say so and to tell us their brother or sister’s names. (There are no only children in this group so we shall have to learn that next week!) Pupils then looked back in their exercise books to complete any unfinished work, some of them being quite surprised at how much easier some tasks are when you go back to complete them.

 

 

 

 

Week ending 22nd September 2017

Rowan Class

We watched the Early Start DVD ‘Qu’est-ce que tu portes?’ on the topic of clothes. Using more flashcards, pupils described clothes including colour adjectives and also learnt some more useful clothing vocabulary. With this new information, they followed written instructions as a comprehension task to colour appropriately a clothing worksheet.

Oak Class

Oak class concluded their topic of food and drink by filling the whiteboard with as many items of food and drink in French as they could think of. They then compiled a French menu, choosing and copying their words carefully and remembering to write them in the correct section.

Ash Class (Year 2)

We still remembered how to greet each other, how to ask if we were okay and how to tell someone our name. We reacted to some more French instructions, especially quiet and calm ones. We learnt to recognise the days of week and then watched the Early Start French DVD about this. Some French children go to school on Saturdays but not on Wednesdays! We then linked days of the week to activities on a worksheet.

 

Week ending 29th September 2017

Rowan Class

Rowan class displayed their knowledge of clothes vocabulary by playing a guessing game with picture cards. In the process they learnt some more clothes vocabulary and discovered some links with the English language: What is a cravat? What is the connection between a parasol and a parachute? Working on their set of clothes based worksheets, they progressed to writing a short description of what they were wearing and tried to make the adjectives agree with the nouns. Well done, Rowan as this was quite tricky!

Oak Class

No lesson.

Ash Class (Year 2)

We practised asking someone’s name and telling someone our name. We did this in teams and enjoyed being noisy! We then pretended to be days of the week but it was not so easy to remember which one we were. We learnt to recognise the months of the year and how to avoid the trap of sounding English when we pronounced them. We did a dot to dot of months of the year and found that we had drawn a star. A busy lesson!

 

Week ending 6th October 2017

Rowan Class

Rowan class practised their clothes rap for next week’s French Singing Assembly and then got down to the serious business of doing a comprehension exercise about school uniform and then using this as a template for writing about their own school uniform. We are getting better at adjectival agreement now but there was some redrafting necessary.

Oak Class

Oak Class started a new topic: La maison (the house). They studied the words for rooms in the house and looked at similarities with English words. Pupils put labels on a model of a house and realised that our topics in French link up: who remembered the names of family members from the topic La Famille last year? They then completed a double worksheet matching up rooms in the house and what happens in them. Some pupils moved on to making vocabulary lists from books in ‘La bibliothèque’. Good work, Oak!

Ash Class (Year 2)

‘Why has Mrs Traynor brought her washing to school?’ asked one Year 2? Because we are learning the French words for colours! Once we had reminded ourselves of the days of the week and the months of the year with a chanting game, the fun began. We learnt the colours in French as T-shirts were put onto the clothes horse and then showed that we could remember some of the new words as one by one children put the clothes back into the laundry basket. As always we talked about links to English words: a blank piece of paper is ‘blanc’ and take care when writing ‘bleu’. We then coloured in squares on a worksheet to match their labels and coloured in objects to match their description.

 

Week ending 13th October 2017

Rowan Class

Rowan class consolidated their knowledge of French clothes vocabulary by making individual collage displays, cutting and gluing pictures from catalogues and labelling each item to show adjectival agreement. They will need to continue this, redrafting where necessary after half term. Serious work, Rowan, and fair play to you all for leaving the room so clean and tidy ready for the next class!

Oak Class

Oak Class reminded themselves of the vocabulary of rooms in the house: we used the model of a house again, identified the rooms in pictures in French children’s story books and played a guessing game. Then with a partner, they made up mimes and sound effects to match rooms in the house for the rest of the class to identify. After that they wrote labels to put on photos of a house for sale, using their exercise books for reference. A busy lesson, Oak, and quite a lively one.

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash class were reminded of the names of the colours using flashcards from ‘Tout le Monde’ and watching the Early Start French DVD on colours. We then started a new topic: How to count in French. We learnt the numbers from 1-10 by chanting them, counting on our fingers, holding up word cards and throwing a rubber ball round the circle. When we watched a numbers song on YouTube, we liked it so much that we watched it again and sang along with it! We just had time to do a dot to dot of the numbers 1-10 which revealed a fox. Well done, Ash! You are getting very good at quickly moving from one activity to another!

Week ending 20th October 2017

Rowan Class

No lesson

Oak Class

No lesson

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash class revised numbers from 1-10 and then set about learning numbers 11-20, by chanting, counting on our fingers (we borrowed ten more fingers from another person!) and playing ball. We did some French maths (dix-sept, dix-huit and dix-neuf) and heard how a cat in a rowing boat can help us learn one number in particular. We watched the Early Start French DVD on numbers 1-12 and sang an Alain Le Lait numbers song from YouTube which involved us in funky dancing, and then worked on a numbers reference sheet and a counting sheet (more tricky). Bonnes vacances, Ash! You have made a very good start in this new language!

 

Week ending 3rd November 2017 

Rowan Class

In this Halloween lesson we revised vocabulary on this theme and sang the song ‘Petit chat’ which the class now know by heart and performed well. This song is not just fun but is useful as it contains two parts of the verb ‘voir’ (to see). Each pupil then tackled Halloween worksheets following on from what they had completed in previous years.

Oak Class

In this Halloween lesson we revised vocabulary on this theme and then learnt a few more relevant words. What is the difference between ‘une mère’ and ‘une momie’? We sang the song ‘Petit chat’ which the class now know by heart but enthusiasm for the sound effects needs reining in! This song is not just fun but is useful as it contains two parts of the verb ‘voir’ (to see). Each pupil then tackled Halloween worksheets following on from what they had completed in previous years.

Ash Class (Year 2)

This was Ash class’s first Halloween lesson. We studied some vocabulary on this topic and looked at similarities with English words. We learnt the song ‘Petit chat’ in a trice as Ash class is already familiar with the lyrics from French Singing Assembly. Good work, Ash! We moved on to the first Halloween worksheet which linked today’s theme with the work we have been doing on French numbers.

Week ending 10th November 2017

Rowan Class

Rowan class studied the corrections of their individual collage displays of clothes. They then redrafted their work and made a real effort to make the adjectives agree with the nouns which is not easy! The resulting wall display is going to be quite impressive. Well done, Rowan!

Oak Class

Oak Class started a new topic: Le sport et les activités. They studied the vocabulary, deciding which went with ‘jouer - to play’, and which with ‘faire - to do’. We looked at similarities with English words: why are so many French words for sports the same in English? Pupils put labels on a coloured grid and then played a matching pairs game of words and pictures. This was very noisy but in a good way as only French could be spoken! We then tackled a worksheet, matching up cartoons with sports vocabulary and some pupils moved on to making vocabulary lists from books in ‘La bibliothèque’. Another busy lesson, Oak!

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash class revised the numbers from 1-20 by chanting them, counting on our fingers, holding up word cards and throwing a rubber ball round the circle. (Speaking French is easier than catching!) We then learned how to say our age and to ask someone their age. Only one of us is seven yet! We made a start on a numbers worksheet where we had to write in the missing letters. Quite tricky but a lot of effort was put in by Ash class.

 

 

 

 

 

Week ending 17th November 2017

Rowan Class

Rowan class started a new topic: French currency. We revised numbers up to 100 and how to spot the links between certain numbers. We discussed how bank notes could be designed to help people with visual impairment (Well done, Rowan, as you worked out the four main design features necessary!) The class then passed round euro notes , completed a worksheet and then made coin rubbings of French coins.

Oak Class

Oak Class continued the topic: Le sport et les activités. By looking at visual prompts, they answered the question: C’est quel sport? (So that’s why Mrs Traynor brought ski goggles and a fishing net to school!) They then asked and answered questions about their sports preferences and gave reasons. (Tu aimes la gymnastique? Oui, c’est super!) The worksheet linked these two questions. An enjoyable lesson as there is so much interest in sport amongst KPA pupils!

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash class revised how to say their own age and to ask someone else their age. We got quite good at this as we did it in two teams, as one pupil to the whole group, as teacher to the whole group and several other combinations! We watched the Early Start French DVD on age and then began a set of three worksheets with a birthday theme.

Week ending 24th November 2017

Rowan Class

Rowan class continued working on French currency. They learnt how to ask the price of something and worked in pairs to ask and answer how much various articles of clothing cost, based on sets of flashcards and price tags. They completed a worksheet ‘C’est combien?’ and then wrote their own questions and answers e.g. ‘C’est combien la jupe? C’est vingt-quatre euros.’

Oak Class

Oak Class wound up their topic: Le sport et les activités. We worked together as a class to write which sport we liked and why, and which one we did not like and why. As this was a longer lesson than usual, we had time to go back and complete some previous work or to do picture lotto cards. (The ones using Lego cards were quite tricky!) We finished off by playing guessing games on the theme of numbers, days, months and animals. Well done to those who remembered to say ‘et’ for ‘and’ and a house point to the Oak pupil who guessed ‘cochon d’Inde’ (guinea pig)! Good fun, Oak!

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash class looked at numbers up to 31 and revised the months of the year. After a few false starts they recognised the date of their own birthday when they heard it read out. They learned the song ‘Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire?’ by clapping the rhythm, repeating the words and singing it line by line. We watched the song on YouTube and eventually managed to sing along even though it was quite fast. We then settled down to the serious task of copying our birthday date into our books. The worksheets revised the months and most children managed to complete two tasks.

Week ending 1st December 2017

Rowan Class

On their topic of French currency, Rowan worked on the difference between ‘C’est combien?’ (How much?) and ‘Il y a combien?’ (How many are there?) They made sure they could say in French the prices on the price tags before embarking on a game of ‘Plus ou moins?’ (More or less?) At first the rules seemed more difficult than speaking the necessary French phrases but as ever Rowan pupils soon got the hang of it. We shall play this again as it reinforces the need to speak up and to listen to what other people have already said, both good lessons for life, not just language learning. The lesson ended with a DVD on the Euro from Early Start 2 French course. Did Mrs Traynor really spot an error of adjectival agreement on a market stall?!

Oak Class

Oak Class have started a course on how to use a French dictionary. Although they have used dictionaries before since they were kindly purchased by the KPA PTA (Merci beaucoup!), it was time to take a more formal approach. Working in twos as a whole class, it was heartening to see how after a tentative start, pupils were able to come up with their answers with increasing accuracy and speed. Well done, Oak! When we split into our two groups, Loire (Year 4) and Seine (Year 3), pupils worked on individual worksheets ‘Challenge 1 Animals’. Who could have guessed that there are three French translations for the English word 'bat'?

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash class reprised their latest hit ‘Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire?’, a song which they really enjoy. We watched the DVD about birthdays from our Early Start French course. It was funny to see French children singing our birthday song. They continued working through their set of month related worksheets and many of them started a numbers crossword. Crosswords can be quite tricky, especially in a foreign language, but they help us to spell correctly. Brave work, Ash!

 

Week ending 8th December 2017

Rowan Class

Rowan class revised Christmas vocabulary and then sang along with great gusto to the French carol ‘Il est né, le divin enfant’ which they now know quite well. We jogged our memories about how Christmas is celebrated in France and then moved into another gear, as this was some pupils fourth French Christmas lesson at KPA: we watched an extract from the French film ‘Le Château de ma Mère’ by Marcel Pagnol. With the help of subtitles and having already heard some of the novel read aloud, Rowan managed to understand the story and laughed in all the right places. They have now seen for themselves the French Christmas tradition of ‘Treize (13) desserts’! They then completed a dictionary exercise on useful phrases when writing to ‘Père Noël’. Survival French at its best!

Oak Class

Oak class revised Christmas vocabulary and then sang along to the French carol ‘Il est né, le divin enfant’ which they learnt last year. We reminded ourselves how Christmas is celebrated in France and then continued with dictionary work: Loire (Year 4) chose Christmas gift tags and labelled the items shown (What is the French for reindeer?), colouring these in afterwards. Seine (Year 3) used their knowledge of the colours in French to complete Christmas pictures which they then labelled with the help of a dictionary.

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash class were excited. “This is our first French Christmas!” They put French labels on a Christmas poster and then learnt the chorus of ‘Il est né, le divin enfant’ by watching and singing along to two versions of this French carol on YouTube. Next they heard how Christmas is celebrated in France. Finally they made Christmas cards to take home, copying the French greeting and trying very hard not to include any English words. Joyeux Noël tout le monde!

Week ending 15th December 2017

Rowan Class

To complete their topic of French currency, Rowan played Kim’s game with price tags and showed great expertise in this. They reprised the game of ‘Plus ou moins?’ (More or less?) and then settled down in pairs to write a French dialogue based on the game. This was a livelier lesson than it sounds as Rowan are always competitive when playing games! Mrs Traynor is very excited about the topic we start in January. What can it be?

Oak Class

Class finished their work on last week’s Christmas lesson and then continued their course on how to use a French dictionary, concentrating this time on adjectives. Loire (Year 4) then tackled adjective worksheets on pairs of opposites while Seine (Year 3) pupils made lists of adjectives about themselves to put on word clouds. Oak’s serious approach bodes well for the completion of these tasks next term

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash class revised what they had learnt this term in a series of guessing games. This was good fun and it was a joy to hear such small children’s French accents which seem to come naturally to them! A lively game followed in which the class had to find matching pairs of cards with French numbers written on in words and figures, all this without speaking any English. We then looked back in our books to complete any unfinished work. Well done, Ash, for making such a good start in this new subject. Mrs Traynor can’t wait for next term!

Week ending 5th January 2018

Rowan Class

Rowan began a new topic ‘Le temps’ (the weather). We looked at similarities with English words and then in pairs did mimes of weather phrases for others to guess, always good fun with Rowan! The worksheet involved writing the correct phrase beneath weather pictures – not as easy as it looked! Well done, Rowan! Your enthusiasm made this a very good start!

 

Oak Class

Class are continuing their course on using a French dictionary, still concentrating on adjectives. We started with an adjective scramble which the two teams tackled very competitively. The task was to look up adjectives on two lists, to write their English meaning and to make any corrections which Mrs Traynor flagged up. We then looked at pairs of adjectives with opposite meanings and found out that some adjectives had two meanings. Loire (Year 4) then finished adjective worksheets on opposites and began an adjective crossword while Seine (Year 3) pupils continued with lists of adjectives for their word clouds. Oak’s serious approach has survived the two week break!

 

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash class started the new term with a new topic: ‘Greetings’. Amongst other things, they learnt when to say ‘Bonsoir’ and ‘Bonne Nuit’, the difference between ‘Bonjour’ and ‘Au revoir’ and how to answer with actions and speech the question ‘Ca va?’ (‘Comme ci, comme ça’ is set to be a favourite response!) We heard how the French celebrate Epiphany (La Fête des Rois) and then watched the DVD about French celebrations from our Early Start French course. Who knew that Père Noël arrived in Boulogne by boat? And was that our French carol on the soundtrack? We then wrote some French greetings in speech bubbles, not as easy it looked. Good effort, Ash!

Week ending 12th January 2018 Rowan Class

Rowan continued the topic of ‘Le temps’ (the weather), guessing the weather phrase from visual clues e.g. a torch brought out the phrase ‘il fait du brouillard.’ Why are the trickiest phrases the easiest to remember? We then learnt the names of the seasons and played a game of ‘Vrai ou Faux’ (True or False) with weather flashcards and seasons flashcards, with two teams questioning each other. The worksheet provoked useful discussions: Why is April Fool’s day called ‘le poisson d’avril’? When do swallows return to Britain?

Oak Class

Oak Class revised how to make adjectives feminine. Loire (Year 4) finished their adjective crosswords and used dictionaries to look up words on the theme of transport. Who would have guessed ‘un car’ is a coach and not a car? Seine (Year 3) began translating their list of adjectives about themselves into French for their word clouds. You need to spell the English word correctly if you want to find it in the French dictionary!

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash class continued their topic: ‘Greetings’. They learnt some more useful phrases but ‘Comme ci, comme ça’ remains the favourite. We learnt the action rhyme ‘Deux petits oiseaux,’ useful if you have a baby sibling to amuse! When we watched the DVD about French greetings from our Early Start French course, the class joined in the song ‘Salut ça va’ with gusto. No need to teach Ash this song as they said they already knew it from French Singing Assembly! Well done, Ash!

 

Week ending 19th January 2018

Rowan Class

Rowan learnt the chorus of the French song ‘Vive le Vent’ which has the same tune as Jingle Bells. They managed to spot the weather references in the lyrics and enjoyed the cartoon of the song on YouTube, by the end of which they could sing along with the chorus, even though it was rather fast. They then played a hectic game of matching threes, the object of which was to find two more people with matching weather cards. After all this frantic activity the lesson ended calmly with a worksheet based on a weather map of France, stating ‘Vrai ou Faux?’ (True or False) and filling the gaps.

 

Oak Class

Oak Class displayed their knowledge of French adjectives in two teams with another Adjective Scramble, writing adjectives in their feminine form and adding their meaning. Loire (Year 4) then tackled a Téléquiz which they attempted last year with mixed results. What a difference a year makes! Seine (Year 3) completed their word clouds. (These will be displayed next week outside Hazel classroom).

 

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash Class showed how well they had learnt the action rhyme ‘Deux petits oiseaux’ by reciting it on their own from memory. They enjoyed two greetings songs from YouTube, ‘Bonjour mes amis’ then ‘Bonjour, bonjour’ by Alain Le Lait. After watching the DVD ‘Ça va?’ from our Early Start French course, they acted out the story of ‘Le Lièvre et La Tortue’ (The tortoise and the hare) in groups and in twos. Good work, Ash, but why did the hare snore so quietly?

 

Week ending 26th January 2018

Rowan Class

Rowan studied a weather song from Early Start French 2 and had to decide which lines rhymed. Does Wimereux rhyme with ‘beau’? (Non!) Using flashcards of seasons, weather and clothes, in two teams Rowan made up sentences saying what we wear in certain seasons and weather, asking the opposing team: ‘C’est vrai ou faux?’ This was well done and proved to be a lively and competitive activity! A calm end to the lesson came with the worksheet ‘Dessinez des images’ where we had to draw details gleaned from nine comprehension texts, not quite as easy as it looked!

Oak Class

Oak Class moved on to a Verb Scramble, using a dictionary to find out the meaning of some verbs. (Luckily, we knew some of them already!) Working in pairs the class then rearranged word cards to make sentences which Mrs Traynor then sellotaped to the table! Moving from table to table, we had to copy the French sentences and write what they meant in English. Well done, Oak! You always rise to the occasion when we do something unusual!

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash Class performed the story of ‘Le Lièvre et La Tortue’ for a child who was absent last week. Practise makes perfect! They continued to display their acting skills in the dialogue ‘Salut Samuel’ – this was quite tricky so we had name badges to make sure we knew who we were! Next, we practised saying our names and where we lived in speech chains: ‘Et toi?’ We ended by writing some interesting greetings onto coloured speech bubbles. Copy carefully, Ash!

 

Week ending 2nd February 2018 

Rowan Class

Rowan Class reprised the new song ‘Vive le Vent’ ready for French Singing Assembly this week. We watched DVD no. 7 which contained the rhyming weather song from last week but we didn’t sing along as it was rather dreary! In two teams we tackled a role play ‘Quel temps fait-il?’ where each team had a weather map of France but with some weather symbols missing so they had to ask, for example: ‘Quel temps fait-il à Toulouse?’ As ever pupils soon got into the swing of this and the result was some very confident questioning. We continued with the worksheet ‘Dessinez des images’, making sure that our drawings included all the details in the texts.

Oak Class

Oak Class broadened their vocabulary by using their dictionary skills in a new context: L’espace (Space). They learnt how to pronounce the names of the planets and then tackled a worksheet where they had to identify the planets from descriptions of colour and size – not too hard. What was more difficult was deciding which words in a list were to do with space and which were not. What is ‘une bouilloire’? (It’s a kettle!)

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash Class started by saying our names and villages in speech chains: ‘Et toi?’ We can do this very quickly and accurately now. We then started a new topic: Ma famille. Mrs Traynor pinned up photos of her family and we put labels on each person. When we practised what members of the family are called, for ‘my’ we had to say ‘mon’ for masculine and ‘ma’ for feminine. On a worksheet we copied the labels for another family which had a ‘un chien’ (a dog), ‘un chat’ (a cat) and ‘un bébé’ (a baby).

Week ending 9th February 2018

Rowan Class

Rowan Class studied the French lyrics of the song ‘Let it Go’. They translated the weather terms and tried to join in the chorus of the song on YouTube. This was quite difficult but it helped if you knew the song in English, but second time round we did much better. It was even more dramatic in French! We came down to earth by doing a spelling test on weather terms and then finished the worksheet ‘Dessinez des images’. There was speculation about what the new topic will be after half term. It’s definitely not dinosaur related!

Oak Class

Oak Class learnt how to remember the French word ‘Qui’ by visualising a key to open a door so that we can see who is there. In groups of four they practised and performed the playlet ‘Une rencontre’ (A meeting/encounter). Enthusiastic and careful work, Oak!

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash Class worked hard at their new topic: Ma famille. They enjoyed a YouTube song ‘Ma famille’ by Alain le Lait and remembered that you use ‘mon’ for males and ‘ma’ for females in your family. They learnt how to say they have one brother or sister and that brother or sister’s name. Those with more siblings will have to be patient until next lesson! The worksheets involved colouring in our family’s favourite colours according to a text and labelling family pictures – one letter to each dash please!

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