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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 24th February

Rowan Class

Having just completed their work on the topic of Activities and Pastimes, which culminated in a wall display now on view in Hazel, Rowan class tackled a dictionary exercise based on the Charles Trenet song ‘La Mer’. This involved viewing You Tube clips of Mr Bean and the cast of Mr Bean’s Holiday and also Charles Trenet himself singing ‘La Mer’, as well as the opening titles of ITV Euro 2016.  The dictionaries were provided by the PTA in 2015. Merci beaucoup!

Oak Class

Oak class started a new topic, My Family. They put labels on Mrs Traynor’s family photos and watched a cartoon clip of a French children’s song by Alain Le Lait ‘Ma famille’, before tackling graded worksheets on the topic.

 

Week ending 3rd March

Rowan Class

Rowan class started a new topic 'En ville - in town'.  They practised saying the new vocabulary of places in a town, looked for links with English words and then put labels on a two dimensional model of a French town.  On a worksheet they matched the new vocabulary with places in a town and then challenged themselves to learn the spelling and meaning.

Oak Class

Oak class practised saying what their name is and where they live.  Pupils with one brother or sister told the class the name of that sibling. We looked at when to use 'un/une' and 'mon/ma'.  Year 2 concentrated on how to spell family words on a worksheet and Year 3 tackled a family tree worksheet of 'La famille Simpson'.

Week ending 10th March

Rowan Class

Rowan class played guessing games with flashcards of places in the town and participated in the French song 'Voici le port', incidentally learning about Charles de Gaulle who is mentioned in the last line of the song.  They completed a worksheet matching a new set of town vocabulary with pictures.

Oak Class

Oak class did spoken work questioning and answering each other in groups about where they lived, what siblings they had and their names.  Year 2 worked at finishing previous tasks and writing labels of colour.  Year 3 completed a wordsearch of family members.  

Week ending 17th March

Rowan Class

Years 5 and 6 were involved in Bikeability today. With Year 4 we reminded ourselves how Easter is celebrated in France and revised some Easter vocabulary. We then completed Easter pictures according to instructions and some pupils tackled a dictionary worksheet ‘Pâques dans le dictionnaire’.

Oak Class

Oak class learned about Easter 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.’ Year 2 (Seine) went on to make Easter cards with the greeting ‘Joyeuses Pâques’ while Year 3 (Loire) revised colours by completing an Easter themed picture.

 

Week ending 24th March

Rowan Class

Rowan class watched an Early Start Languages DVD on places in the town, and followed this up by learning a rhyme with actions giving simple directions. Using flashcards they learnt 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.

Oak Class

As it was Red Nose Day, Oak class studied a Red Nose Day display sheet, featuring Monkey (un singe). Then we revised the term’s topics of name, age and family with guessing games and speaking chains. Year 2 (Seine) went on to complete grids with information about the lives of eight French children while Year 3 (Loire) worked individually on a reading comprehension revision task. Oak class were excited to hear that their topic next term will be ‘Les animaux’!

Week ending 21st April

Rowan Class

Rowan class revised simple directions 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 completed a reading comprehension task, following directions to place buildings in a French town. The class then began labelling in French a map of Kimbolton, which will lead to some written work about our village in future weeks.

Oak Class

Oak 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 have. We watched the Early Start DVD ‘Tu as un animal à la maison?’ which featured many cute French pets! Year 2 (Seine) went on to write French labels on pictures of pets and then solved word puzzles, completing animal words with gaps in. Year 3 (Loire), meanwhile, tackled a wordsearch and a reading comprehension task on this topic.

Week ending 28th April

Rowan Class

No lesson

Oak Class

Continuing their new topic ‘Les animaux’, Oak Class learnt using flashcards the new vocabulary of more exotic animals, followed by participation in a PowerPoint presentation of cartoon animals, their colours and names. This involved an exciting early exposure to adjectival agreement! Both year groups (Seine et Loire) then continued with written work, Seine on identifying farmyard animals and Loire on a multi task puzzle sheet.

Week ending 5th May

Rowan Class

Rowan class watched the Early Start DVD ‘Toutes Directions’. We then played Pointless, with display sheets of actual questions on the theme of places in the town, used in the popular television quiz show. The class then completed labelling in French their Kimbolton maps, ready for written work next week.

Oak Class

Oak class learnt the song ‘Un grand cerf’ with actions, by means of a YouTube cartoon and Mrs Traynor singing and playing the keyboard. (Rare performance!) The result was a fine rendition by the class as Year 2 (Seine) soon picked it up following the example set by Year 3 (Loire) who already knew the song. While we were in good voice we sang ‘Salut, ça va?’ (as a round) and ‘Deux petits oiseaux’ just to make sure we still remembered them. Both groups then completed their set of pet worksheets and puzzles, as next week we move on to the plural of French animal vocabulary. 

 

Week ending 12th May

Rowan Class

Rowan 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 bank. We start a new topic next week!

Oak Class

Continuing their topic ‘Les animaux’, Oak Class learnt some more animal vocabulary using flashcards and toy animals. Then they practised saying that these animals were their pets, invented their names and said what colour they were. Year 2 (Seine) continued this theme in a written task while Year 3 (Loire) finished their animal puzzles. Some of Loire then used dictionaries to work with animal picture lotto cards.

 

Week ending 19th May

Rowan Class

Rowan class began a new topic ‘Le corps’ (Parts of the body). They watched on YouTube a French version of the song ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ (Tête, épaules, genoux, pieds) and practised this several times with actions. They then worked through a set of worksheets including a tricky crossword where they needed to access a French dictionary for some clues.

 

Oak Class

Oak class finished their topic of ‘Les animaux’. They enjoyed watching on YouTube the song ‘Tu as un animal?’ in which the pet owners’ name, the type of pet and the pet’s name all rhymed. They learnt how to express their preferences with actions and linked this with the plural of animals. This grammar point was softened by class’s rendition of a song entitled ‘J’aime les vaches, j’aime les poules’ sung to the tune of Jingle Bells. Year 2 (Seine) went on to complete sentences about their animal preferences, in the plural, which they illustrated. Year 3 (Loire), meanwhile, labelled a map of Hamerton Zoo, with animal vocabulary in the plural, using a French dictionary in some places.

 

Week ending 26th May

Rowan Class

While most of Year 4 were at Grafham Water, Rowan class stepped up to the challenge of making paper fortune tellers on their new topic, parts of the body. They warmed up with a lively version with actions of ‘Tête, épaules, genoux, pieds ‘and then studied a worksheet where they matched up ailments with remedies. Using the new phrases, they constructed their paper fortune tellers and by the end of the lesson were able to use these to revise numbers, colours and of course, ailments and remedies. Well done, Rowan!

 

Oak Class

Oak 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 the song ‘J’aime les fruits’. Year 2 (Seine) went on to write French labels on pictures of fruit and vegetables and Year 3 (Loire) used dictionaries to label fruit and vegetables grouped according to colour. Well done, Oak, for knowing what these fruit and vegetables were!

 

Week ending 9th June

Rowan Class

We followed up our recent success in singing with actions by learning the song ‘Si tu as la joie au cœur, frappe les mains’ (If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands). Once the class had practised saying the words, singing the words, incorporating the actions and watching the song on YouTube, they showed their comprehension by illustrating gaps in a worksheet. Pupils in Year 4 who were at Grafham and missed French last Friday were paired up with an older pupil to use their paper fortune tellers with ailment phrases. Everyone then moved on to complete worksheets: Je suis malade and a body parts wordsearch.

 

Oak Class

Oak class continued their work on ‘Les fruits et les légumes’. They showed confidence in stating their likes and dislikes, but still 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. Year 2 (Seine) went on to do a wordsearch on fruit vocabulary while Year 3 (Loire) read shopping lists, cutting and gluing the correct items into baskets ‘Au marché et au super marché’. How surprised was Mrs Traynor that so many children recognised the vegetable ‘l’asperge’ (asparagus)! Well done, Oak! 

 

Week ending 16th June

Rowan Class

Rowan class sang again their two parts of the body songs with gusto and lively actions. Mrs Traynor was impressed that they have already absorbed the words of the newest one: ‘Si tu as la joie au cœur, frappe les mains’. Well done Rowan! They learnt about the French tooth mouse ‘la petite souris’ and played a guessing game. How interesting that some words ‘le bras’ (arm) came up as guesses far more frequently than others ‘la jambe’ (leg). As some of Rowan have been busy at sports events and residential trips on recent Fridays, each pupil took individual stock of where they were up to since ‘le 19 mai’ and then set out to complete their set of worksheets.

 

Oak Class

Oak Class learnt a chant of phrases 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. (All this talk of ice creams on a hot day made Mrs Traynor look forward to buying ‘une glace à la vanille’ from the PTA at going home time today!) Year 2 (Seine) continued this theme in a colouring and a reading comprehension exercise while Year 3 (Loire) finished their cutting and gluing work from last week.

 

Week ending 23rd June

Rowan Class No lesson

 

Oak Class

Continuing their topic ‘Au café’, Oak Class practised a role play in pairs and in two teams buying different flavours of ice cream, then stated (with actions!) their likes and dislikes in ice cream flavours. Year 2 (Seine) went on to write down their ice cream preferences while Year 3 (Loire) did a matching pairs worksheet and a wordsearch using food vocabulary from their work on shopping baskets. (We had a rest from singing as we had a whole school French singing assembly yesterday)

Week ending 30th June

Rowan Class

Rowan Class revised the vocabulary of parts of the body and continued by learning some new vocabulary relating to the head. They went on to complete a gap filling exercise to write a brief description of themselves: this was tricky as in French adjectives have to agree with nouns and generally come after them e.g. les yeux bleus. Once pupils had ironed out any errors in this work, they started to label a backed coloured photo (Merci beaucoup, Radio Times) with their newly learnt vocabulary. To be continued!

 

Oak Class

Still working hard at their topic ‘Au café’, Oak 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, Oak! They then labelled drinks on a worksheet, which proved to be a trickier task than some pupils expected. (What is the difference between a teapot and a coffee pot!?)

Week ending 7th July

Rowan Class

Pupils in Year 6 were out on their Leavers’ Day Out. Meanwhile the rest of Rowan Class completed their topic on parts of the body: they drew their own self portrait to match the description they wrote last week, they did corrections and finished labelling their backed coloured photo (Poldark, Andy Murray and Kate Middleton were in the mix!) and then finished their set of worksheets. Some even went on to work on picture lotto cards. The lesson lasted 90 minutes today so a lot of good work was done. Well done, Rowan!

 

Oak Class

Continuing their topic ‘Au café’, Oak Class learnt how to order a variety of snacks in a café situation and then put this into practice in groups of four using props (Chef/waitress/waiter 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 (in French of course!) They then decoded clues to items on our French café menu. Anyone for 1 J d’O or 2 CB ?

Rowan Class

This was the last lesson of the term and we were saying goodbye to Year 6, who have completed three years of French at KPA. (The time has flown!) However, the five Year 6 pupils, having been on their Leavers’ trip last week, now had to complete their work on parts of the body, drawing their own self portrait to match their written description and finishing labelling their backed coloured photo. The rest of the class took part in a revision quiz of French vocabulary. This was closely contested, the lesson learnt being that conferring with your team is better than shouting out the wrong answer without consultation! The lesson ended with Year 6 being released from their written work to play a ball game, which also revised French vocabulary. Au revoir et bonne chance! We shall miss you!

 

Oak Class

Oak 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. Bonnes vacances, Oak!

 

Week ending 8th September

Rowan Class

This was the first lesson of the term. We started on a new topic ‘Les vêtements’ (clothes). With real clothes as visual aids, pupils learnt a rap and in true KPA style this was quickly learnt and performed with great gusto. We then calmed down and started on a graduated set of clothes based worksheets.

Oak Class

In their first lesson of the term Oak 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 un Orangina’ and then worked on a checklist of the food vocabulary in the song, translating into English and testing each other on the French spellings.

Ash Class (Year 2)

This was their first ever French lesson, eagerly awaited by some pupils and by others with apprehension. We sang the birthday song, 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 who built aqueducts in the south of France and how to use a waffle iron! We watched the introduction to the Early Start French DVD series and noted that uniform is not worn in French schools. Well done, Year 2 in Ash. This was a very good start!

Week ending 15th September

Rowan Class

Continuing the topic of ‘Les vêtements’, pupils reprised their rap learnt last week. We studied some clothes flashcards from ‘Tout le Monde’ and revised adjectives of colour, their position and how to make them agree with a noun. They energetically did actions to adjectives of size and then continued with their set of clothes based worksheets.

Oak Class

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

Ash Class (Year 2)

We 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.

Week ending 22nd September

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

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

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

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

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!

 

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