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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.  From September 2017 Year 2 have also been learning French, also with Mrs. Traynor.

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 20th September 2020

Rowan Class

We started the lesson learning a French tongue twister 'Un ver vert va vers un verre vert' (a green worm goes towards a green glass).  Who will remember it for next week's lesson?   

Continuing our new topic: Parts of the body, we practised the names for parts of the body in the classroom before heading

onto the playground, where socially distanced, we sang in French 'Tête, épaules, genoux, pieds’, and then our French version of 'If you're happy and you know it' ('Si tu as la joie au cœur') as this song is relevant to this topic, as it involves clapping your hands (les mains) and stamping your feet (les pieds).  We then continued our set of parts of the body worksheets. 

Years 4 and 5 have now also moved onto tasks requiring use of dictionaries.  Well done!

Week ending 13th September 2020

Rowan Class

How wonderful to be back in the classroom teaching and learning French after such a long interval!  We began by discussing the importance of learning languages and in our section, 'La Presse,' read an article containing three reasons for learning them.

 

We have started a new topic: Parts of the body.  Year 6 are revisiting the topic but for Years 4 and 5 this is their first time.  We moved out onto the playground, socially distanced, to sing in French 'Head, shoulders, knees and toes' (‘Tête, épaules, genoux, pieds’), not as easy as you might think as we know it too well in English.    We then tackled our set of parts of the body worksheets.  Year 6, of course, are doing a set of extension tasks as they are revisitng the topic.  It was very rewarding to see such skilful use being made of dictionaries now.

Week ending 20th March 2020

Oak Class (Year 2)

Ash class revised how to ask where people lived. They did this in a chain and impressed Mrs Traynor as they had remembered this very well .  We then practised saying how many brothers and sisters we have and got the chance to tell us their brother or sister’s names.  There are no only children in this group but we still had to learn how to say this too!  Pupils then looked back in their exercise books to complete any unfinished work, being quite surprised at how much easier some tasks are when you go back to complete them.  A couple of us even did some picture lotto!

Au revoir! 

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4) 

Oak Class looked again at the Verb Scramble completed last week and saw that the words are infinitives as listed in the dictionary.  Year 4 then finished their work on rearranging word cards to make French sentences, copying them and writing their English meaning.   Year 3 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 un sitar’? (It’s a musical instrument!)

Au revoir!

 

Rowan Class

Rowan class practised saying and then worked out the meaning of eleven phrases which are useful in a classroom situation, ranging from 'Je suis malade' (I am ill) to 'Je n'ai pas fait mes devoirs' (I have not done my homework).  Continuing with their set of worksheets, some pupils moved on to labelling a plan of KPA in French and a few moved on to picture lotto.  An extra long lesson today, Rowan, and a lot of good work was forthcoming.

Au revoir!    

Week ending 13th March 2020

Oak Class (Year 2)

Oak 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 brothers or sisters and their brothers' or sisters' names.  The worksheet involved labelling family pictures – one letter to each dash please!  Some children have started a worksheet, colouring in a family’s favourite colours according to a text.

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4) 

Oak Class moved on to a Verb Scramble in two teams, using a dictionary to find out the meaning of some verbs. (Luckily, we knew some of them already!)  Some of Year 4 finished their set of worksheets and a few moved on to rearrange word cards to make French sentences which they then had to copy and write their English meaning.  Word clouds were completed by Year 3, some of whom moved on to the word card activity.  Well done, Oak!  You always rise to the occasion when we do something unusual!

 

Rowan Class  No lesson

Week ending 6th March 2020

Oak Class (Year 2)

Oak class practised how to say our names and where we live.  As it was World Book Day, some of us did not say our real names but the names of the characters we were dressed up as.  (Who knew that Le Petit Capuchon Rouge was Little Red Riding Hood?  We guessed it was because we know the words 'petit' and 'rouge')  We then started a new topic, Ma Famille (My Family). We put labels on Mrs Traynor’s family photos, before tackling graded worksheets on the topic.

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4) 

Oak class displayed their knowledge of French adjectives by looking at how to write adjectives in their feminine form, some of which are irregular.  Year 4 continued with their worksheets, and some of us started a Téléquiz which was quite tricky.  Year 3 continued with their word clouds and a few of us managed to complete them.  Watch out for the wall display!  

 

Rowan Class 

Rowan class has been immersed in a lot of French this week.  On Monday we received a very hospitable welcome at Kimbolton Preparatory School and really enjoyed the French play that we saw, as it was very funny, quite visual and we understood most of the French.  The bonus was that two of us were involved in the audience participation element and represented Les Champs Elysées and L'Arc de Triomphe!  In our lesson we played a version of French Whispers where we passed round pencil case objects, saying their French name.  This was not easy as objects were passed in both directions and by the end of the game Mrs Traynor had added adjectives of size and colour.  Then we played a version of Kim's game, saying which objects had been removed from the tray.  Good fun, Rowan!  The worksheet was a quiz of anagrams and identifying objects from unusual angles.        

Week ending 28th February 2020

Oak Class (Year 2)

Oak class performed the story of ‘Le Lièvre et La Tortue’ for a child who was absent last week. Practice makes perfect! They continued to display their acting skills in the dialogue ‘Salut Samuel’ – this was quite tricky so we had name plates 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 please!

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4)

Oak 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.

 

Rowan Class 

Rowan class has been very fortunate in being invited to watch a play in French and English to be performed by professional actors at Kimbolton Preparatory School next week!  Mrs Traynor is very excited about this.  In order to be well prepared, we studied two scenes from the play and looked at some of the vocabulary that might come up.  In twos the class worked very hard at this and by the end of the lesson there were some very dramatic performances being read from the script.  Well done, Rowan!      

Week ending 14th February 2020

Oak Class (Year 2)

Oak class showed how well they had learnt the action rhyme ‘Deux petits oiseaux’ by reciting it on their own. They revised greetings phrases and enjoyed a greetings song from YouTube, ‘Bonjour, bonjour’ by Alain Le LaitAfter watching the DVD ‘Ça va?’ from our Early Start French course, they acted out the story of ‘Le Lièvre et La Tortue’ (The hare and the tortoise).  Good work, Year 2, especially as you managed to concentrate really well, even though the lesson was interrupted by a fire drill! 

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4)

Oak class completed their course on how to use a French dictionary, not forgetting tips on how to prolong the life of our dictionaries!  Most of Year 4 finished their adjective crosswords and some pupils moved on to use dictionaries to look up words on the theme of transport. Who would have guessed that ‘un car’ is a coach and not a car?  Meanwhile Year 3 continued with lists of adjectives for their word clouds.  You need to spell the English word correctly if you want to find it in the French dictionary!

 

Rowan Class

Continuing the first section of their new topic 'A l'école' (At school), Rowan practised again their dialogues asking their neighbour if they could borrow certain items.  By doing each of the four dialogues in twos they became quite adept at substituting the names of the items and at using the possessive adjectives 'mon/ma' and 'ton/ta' in the right places.  The worksheet we did was a bit old fashioned:  it was a drawing of a French classroom complete with chalk and a blackboard!  Matching the vocabulary to the items was trickier than it looked though!  (Mrs Traynor was very pleased with the effort put into spoken French today)    

Week ending 7th February 2020

Oak Class Year 2

Year 2 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!  We watched the DVD about French greetings from our Early Start French course, the class joining in the song ‘Salut ça va’ with gusto. No need to teach this song as they already know it from French Singing Assembly! 

 

Oak Class Years 3 and 4

Oak class continued their course on how to use a French dictionary, concentrating this time on adjectives.  Year 4 then tackled an adjective crossword while Year 3 pupils started to find the French for the adjectives about themselves to put on word clouds. 

 

Rowan Class

Rowan started the first section of a new topic 'A l'école' (At school).  Using the contents of their own pencil cases, the class learnt the French names for these items and then practised dialogues asking their neighbour if they could borrow certain items.  Then on a worksheet we had to label items correctly in French by copying carefully and then to draw in other items from a set of added labels.     

 

Week ending 31st January 2020

Oak Class (Year 2)

Oak class reprised their latest hit ‘Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire?’, a song which they really enjoy. We watched the song on YouTube and managed to sing along, even though it was quite fast.  A lively game followed in which the class had to find matching pairs of cards with French numbers up to 31 written on in words and figuresWe then started 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 then wrote some French greetings in speech bubbles, not as easy as it looked.  Brave work!  

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4)

Oak Class continued their course on how to use a French dictionary.  They learnt how to form the plural of words ending in -eau, and what is the difference between 'dinde' and 'dindon.'  Who would have guessed that the French have three words for 'bat'?,  Year 4 then continued to tackle their set of worksheets while Year 3 pupils began to make lists of adjectives about themselves to put on word clouds.  

 

Rowan Class

Having just completed their work on the topic of Les métiers (Jobs), which culminated in a wall display now on view outside  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 opening credits.  This is one of Mrs Traynor's favourite lessons and Rowan class responded to it beautifully!  Merci beaucoup!

Week ending 24th January 2020

Oak Class (Year 2)  

We watched the DVD about birthdays from our Early Start French course. It was funny to see French children singing our birthday song. The class continued working through their set of month related worksheets and some pupils managed to embark on some picture lotto.  Good work, Year 2!

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4)

To complete the topic on 'Rooms in the House' Oak watched a Tout le Monde DVD of a French child showing you around their home.  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 again.  When we split into our two groups, pupils worked on individual worksheets:  Year 4 started an adjectives worksheet and Year 3 tackled ‘Challenge 1 Animals’.  Well done, Oak!

 

Rowan Class

As this was the last lesson on jobs of work, pupils redrafted with help what they had written last week on career hopes, which adjectives matched that job and what the workplace would be.  They then worked back through their exercise books to complete unfinished work and a few pupils managed to complete some more picture lotto cards.  Another busy lesson!

Week ending 17th January 2020

Oak Class (Year 2) 

Oak 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 part of the song ‘Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire?’ by clapping the rhythm, repeating the words and singing it line by line. 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 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.  Good work, Year 2

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4)

We reprised the song 'Petite Souris' - this was impressive as the class managed it all by themselves, using only the picture side of the flashcards as a prompt.  Then working through Module 4 of 'Tout le Monde' Level 2, with an interactive screen pupils were able to revise the vocabulary of rooms in the house, to learn some furniture vocabulary and to complete a multiple choice comprehension task.  This did not disappoint: the voices were very realistic and we learnt even more vocabulary e.g. Goldilocks' name in French is Boucle d'Or.  Good focus and concentration, Oak!  

 

Rowan Class

We returned to the topic we discussed in Careers Week: which qualities are needed for certain jobs, by matching group of adjectives to flashcards showing different occupations.  Then working in random groups of three the class tackled the task of listing french adjectives to their allocated flashcard.  After this dictionary exercise we moved on to fill the 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 coming soon!  

 

Week ending 10th January 2020

Oak Class (Year 2)

Oak 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 two worksheets with a birthday theme.

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4)

This was a shorter lesson than usual.  We revised house vocabulary by identifying in French the rooms in the houses shown in French picture books: "Le Petit Chaperon Rouge" (Red Riding Hood) and "Les Trois Ours" (The Three Bears)  We then learnt a new song 'Petite souris' about which room in the house the mouse could be found in and matched the song's sound effects to the right room.  Whoever knew that French snoring is 'Ron pshi!'?

 

Rowan Class

The term began with a lively spelling quiz of occupations vocabulary.  Both teams were very keen to win and some interesting points were made in our discussion afterwards what the exercise had taught us, not just about French spelling but about team work, fairness and sharing opportunities.  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 6th December 2019

Oak Class (Year 2)

Year 2 practised the chorus of ‘Il est né, le divin enfant’ by watching and singing along to two versions of this French carol on YouTube.  Then 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!

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4)

Oak class revised Christmas vocabulary and then we reminded ourselves how Christmas is celebrated in France.  Year 4 did some dictionary work, choosing Christmas gift tags and labelling the items shown (What is the French for beard?), colouring these in afterwards.  Year 3 used their knowledge of the colours in French to complete Christmas pictures.  

 

Rowan Class

Rowan class revised Christmas vocabulary then moved onto seasonal worksheets.  Loire (Year 5) completed a dictionary exercise on useful phrases when writing to ‘Père Noël’ while Garonne (Year 6) filled the gaps in a skeleton letter to 

'Père Noël' which revised countries and our old friend adjectival agreement!  Survival French at its best!

 

 

Week ending 29th November 2019

Oak Class (Year 2) 

We watched the Early Start French DVD on numbers 1-12 and then 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. Three of us are already seven! We made a start on a numbers crossword worksheet: quite tricky but a lot of effort was put in by this class.

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4) 

Oak Class reminded themselves of the vocabulary of rooms in the house and then played a mind reading game.  This was followed by acting out mimes of rooms in the house for the class to guess but some proved quite elaborate!  After that Year 3 wrote labels to put on photos of the rooms in a house for sale, using their exercise books for reference while Year 4 matched up English and French labels that you might find in a French hotel. We also practised a French carol for Parents' Singing Assembly next Friday (6th December @ 9:00 a.m.)  Another busy lesson, Oak.

 

Rowan Class

Using flashcards, we revised the third set of jobs and also managed to remember most of the ones we have learnt previously.  Then working individually, 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.  We also practised a French carol for Parents' Singing Assembly next Friday (6th December @ 9:00 a.m.)  

 


 

 

Week ending 22nd November 2019

Oak Class (Year 2)

We reminded ourselves of the names of the colours by watching the Early Start French DVD on colours.  

Then we revised numbers from 1-10 and then set about learning numbers 11-20, by chanting, counting on our fingers (we borrowed ten more by thinking of our toes!) 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 an Alain Le Lait numbers song from YouTube and sang along.  We then worked on a numbers reference sheet and a counting sheet (more tricky).  Keep up this good work, Year 2

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4) 

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? Year 3 then completed a double worksheet matching up rooms in the house and what happens in them.  Year 4 tackled a worksheet identifying which members of the family were in which room.  Good start, Oak!

 

Rowan Class 

Using flashcards, Rowan class learnt a third set of jobs and also managed to remember most of the ones we have learnt previously.  We then made a foray into French grammar by learning part of the verb 'être’ (to be) so that we can say what a person's job is.  When we continued our set of worksheets we had to beware of the fact that some of this job vocabulary is similar to English in spelling: this helps in comprehension but not in writing correct French.  Attention, svp, Rowan!     

 

 

Week ending 15th November 2019

Oak Class (Year 2)

Using our knowledge of French colour vocabulary we coloured in Pudsey's head according to instructions as it is Children in Need this week.  We then watched two YouTube clips in French about colours and then numbers.  We liked the numbers song so much that we watched it again and sang along with it!  We did a dot to dot of the numbers 1-10 which revealed a fox. Some of us had time to label the colours on the picture stuck in the back of our books.  Well done, Year 2!  You are getting very good at quickly moving from one activity to another!

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4)

We looked at a picture of Pudsey and worked out in French how to say his name, his age, and his colour.  This was our last lesson on the food topic.  We practised expressing with actions our opinion of items of food in answer to the question ‘Tu aimes...?’ (Why do children prefer chocolate to quiche?!)  Year 3 then completed sentences about their food preferences using a set of flashcards.  Meanwhile Year 4 completed their comprehension task of studying shopping lists and gluing pictures of relevant items into shopping baskets.  A new topic next week!  What will it be?

 

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 8th November 2019

Oak Class (Year 2)

We revised the numbers from 1-10 by chanting them, counting on our fingers, holding up word cards and throwing a rubber ball round the circle.  Is this group better at speaking French or at catching a ball?  That is the question!

As it was Careers, Ambitions and Aspirations Week, we used flashcards to learn the French names for eight jobs of work.  Who knew what was the difference between 'médecin' (doctor) and 'chirurgien' (surgeon)?  Children then drew and labelled  four items of this new vocabulary.  

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4)

As it was Careers, Ambitions and Aspirations Week, we used flashcards to learn the French names for eight jobs of work, and then talked (in English!) about which adjectives described the qualities people doing those jobs would need.  This provoked some deep thought and lively discussion.  A surgeon (chirurgien) must not be squeamish but brave, and 'un architecte' must be intelligent and responsible.  Because we know the phrase 'je voudrais' (I would like) from our café topic, we then wrote and illustrated sentences saying what we would like to be, choosing from the eight flashcards.    

 

Rowan Class

Rowan class started a new topic ‘Les métiers’ (Occupations).  Using flashcards we learnt the names of eight jobs and then looked at those which have a feminine form of the word (boulanger/boulangère) and which do not (astronaute).  In groups of twos and threes, children decided on three adjectives describing the qualities of the worker on their allotted flashcard, translating their three words into French as far as they could.  Very pleasing to see how the class use dictionaries with such confidence now!  We then started on the first of a set of worksheets.  An excellent start to this new topic, Rowan!  

 

Week ending 1st November 2019

Oak Class (Year 2)

This was Year 2's first Halloween lesson. We learnt how to say French numbers up to ten and then studied some Halloween vocabulary, using flashcards and looking at similarities with English words. We learnt the song ‘Petit chat’ quite quickly as the children are already familiar with the lyrics from French Singing Assembly. Good work!  We moved on to the first Halloween worksheet which linked today’s theme with our work on French numbers.

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4)

No lesson

 

Rowan Class

In this Halloween lesson we revised vocabulary on this theme and sang the song ‘Petit chat’ which the class now know very well 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). Year 5 tackled a Halloween wordsearch, while Year 6 did a dictionary exercise on autumnal vocabulary with the emphasis on adjectival agreement of adjectives of size and colour.  Some very mature written work was produced by several Year 6s.  Impressive!    

 

 

 

 

Week ending 18th October 2019

Oak Class (Year 2)

'Why has Mrs Traynor brought her washing basket to school?’ 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 chairs 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 squares on a worksheet to match their labels and coloured in objects to match their description.  Another busy lesson, Oak!

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4) 

We had to do our Halloween lesson very early this year as when we come back after Half Term we will be doing Bikeability instead of French on Friday morning.  Quel dommage!  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 and  enthusiasm for the sound effects was impressive!  Year 4 wrote labels for Halloween images and Year 3 matched up pictures with Halloween vocabulary.  Bonnes vacances, Oak! 

 

Rowan Class

Rowan class studied the corrections of their individual displays of clothes. They then redrafted their work, making a real effort to make the adjectives agree with the nouns which is not easy!  Serious work and fair play to you for leaving the room clean and tidy ready for your next lesson. Well done, Rowan!

Week ending 11th October 2019

Oak Class (Year 2)

We practised asking someone's name and telling someone our name, and revised classroom instructions.  Well remembered, Year 2.  We then pretended to be days of the week but it was not 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 played a card game about this, where we had to shout out the names of the months and we enjoyed being noisy.  We then watched the Early Start DVD showing the months of the year in northern France.  We did a dot to dot of months of the year and found that we had drawn a star.  Some of us started a wordsearch so it was a busy lesson!  

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4) 

We continued our work on the topic of food by revising food vocabulary with the help of flashcards. The class then learned  with enthusiasm the song ‘Moi, jai soif, je voudrais une Orangina’ which some of them remembered hearing in last year's Soiree.  Year 3 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. Year 4 continued with their shopping lists and baskets. 

 

Rowan Class

Rowan class consolidated their knowledge of French clothes vocabulary:  Year 5 by making individual collage displays, cutting and gluing pictures from catalogues and labelling each item to show adjectival agreement; Year 6 by starting preparing the commentary of their alphabetical fashion show with the added twist that they are not working with their usual partners.  Both groups will need to continue this, redrafting where necessary next week.  

 

Week ending 4th October 2019

Oak 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.

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4)

Oak class continued their work on the topic of food. They watched on YouTube the song ‘Je suis une pizza’, after practising 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, Year 3 showed their comprehension by illustrating the labels on a pizza worksheet.  

 

Rowan Class

The class displayed their knowledge of clothes vocabulary by playing a guessing game with picture cards. This was a lively exercise as however wild your guess, you are still speaking French.  In the process some more clothes vocabulary was learnt and we discovered some links with the English language: What is a cravat? What is the connection between a parasol and a parachute? We then watched the Early Start DVD on clothes, delighted that this emphasised adjectival agreement.  Year 5 then did a worksheet under test conditions while Year 6 continued writing their alphabet of clothing vocabulary, a task in which some pupils displayed great ingenuity.  They now know what this is leading up to, more of which next week. 

 

 

 

  

Week ending 27th September

Oak Class (Year 2)

We still remembered how to greet each other as well as reacting very confidently and quickly to French classroom 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.  Finally we played a guessing game about Ziggy and friends to practise the French sentence 'Je m'appelle ...'  Keep up this good work, Year 2 in Oak.

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4)

Today we had individual school photos so we worked hard in our exercise books.  Year 3 compiled a French menu, choosing and copying their words carefully from our Café Dominique display, and remembering to write them in the correct section.  Year 4 completed a dictionary exercise where they had to write fruit and vegetable vocabulary in columns according to their colour (vert, orange et rouge).  Then we all matched captions to pictures of 'un pique-nique.'  Well done! 

 

Rowan Class

Continuing the topic of ‘Les vêtements’, pupils used home spun flashcards to make up sentences beginning 'Je porte/il porte/elle porte' to say what garment is being worn and what colour it is.  Rowan rose to this tricky challenge before tackling written work:  Year 5 linked clothes vocabulary to pictures and then moved on to choose phrases to make up sentences expressing their opinions on clothes.  Year 6 completed a comprehension exercise by drawing to match the nouns and adjectives in phrases and then made a start on a graduated vocabulary building exercise.         

Week ending 20th September 2019

Oak Class (Year 2)

We remembered how to greet each other and then learnt how to respond using actions to some French instructions.  We watched the introduction to the Early Start French DVD series and noticed some differences between schools in France and schools in Britain e.g. that uniform is not worn in French schools. Well spotted, Year 2!

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4)

Continuing their topic on French food, we had some fun with food flashcards.  As we practised last week how to order a variety of snacks in a café situation, we tackled a card game where we had to decode clues to items on our French café menu. Anyone for 1 J d’O or 2 CB?  We then consolidated our knowledge of food vocabulary by completing a wordsearch and a matching exercise.  Good work, Oak!   

 

Rowan Class 

We got down to the serious business of adjectival agreement using Tout le Monde flashcards.  Looking at five useful adjectives for describing clothes, we practised these with actions.  We also revised colour adjectives and learnt how to make them agree with nouns.  We then settled down to our suite of worksheets.  Well done, Rowan   

Week ending 13th September 2019

Oak Class (Year 2)

This was their first ever French lesson, eagerly awaited by some pupils and by others with apprehension. We shared our knowledge of what we knew about France, learnt how to greet each other and labelled some towns on a map of northern France where our  Early Start French DVD series is set.  Well done, Year 2 in Oak. This was a very good start!

 

Oak Class (Years 3 and 4)

Continuing the topic ‘Au café’, we learnt how to order a variety of snacks in a café situation and then put this into practice in groups using props.  In true KPA style, we remembered to say 'S'il vous plait' and 'Merci'!  On a worksheet we then matched French vocabulary to food items on a table.  A fun lesson! 

 

Rowan Class (Years 5 and 6)

We started a new topic ‘Les vêtements’ (Clothes).  Year 6 performed a clothes rap and in true KPA style this was quickly learnt and performed with great gusto by Year 5.  We split the class into halves and then into quarters to perform this, and the room was rocking!  We then calmed down, completed rap worksheets, finding rhyming clothes vocabulary and then started on a graduated set of clothes based worksheets.

Good work, Rowan!

 

 

Week ending 19th July 2019

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 rolling 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’, ‘Merci’ and 'Au revoir'. Well done, Year 2! They then linked pictures of drinks and snacks 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 

We started with a spelling test on vocabulary of places in the town.  Using flashcards Oak class then revised forms of transport, tried to remember the appropriate prepositions to use and matched the nouns with colour adjectives.  Next the whole class tackled worksheets on transport:  Who spotted the difference between 'le train' and 'le métro'?  The French for coach is 'le car'!  Tricky!   

 

Rowan Class 

This was the last lesson of the term and we were saying goodbye to Year 6, who have completed five years of French at KPA.  (The time has flown!)  In a circle the whole class did some oral revision, quizzing each other on three topics.  We did a spelling test on nationalities (how mean!) and then went back to finish our work on Pierre Lapin.  Meanwhile Year 6 pupils were writing some feedback on their French experience: which topics had they enjoyed (or not enjoyed) and which activities had they enjoyed (or not enjoyed)  Au revoir et bonne chance!  We shall miss you!    

Week ending 12th July 2019 

No French lessons this week (Year 2 Music Festival and Sports Day)

Week ending 5th July 2019

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 apron wearing 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!

 

Oak Class 

Using flashcards Oak class learned the names of some forms of transport, looked at the appropriate prepositions to use and decided which nouns matched which adjectives of colour.  (We love adjectival agreement at KPA!)  Next we studied the comprehension section of the interactive module of Tout Le Monde Level 2 begun last week.  When we did the quiz, the class was divided into two well-matched teams, even though one team seemed to have much tougher questions.  Fortunately the quiz ended in a draw!

 

Rowan Class

Rowan class completed their topic on nationalities and countries. Using flashcards, they managed to say what the capitals of some European countries are and enjoyed a quiz matching rhyming words to the names of countries. Loire (Year 5) finished their set of worksheets, while Garonne (Year 6) completed their dancing dollies, and decorated them with the colours of the appropriate flag.  

Week ending 28th June 2019

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

Ardeche (Year 3) redrafted their work on ‘Mon Village,’ and produced some impressive pieces of written French. These will form part of a wall display once the Women's World Cup is over. Seine (Year 4) learnt some vocabulary on a new topic ‘Le transport’, by solving word puzzles with occasional use of the dictionary.  We then looked at the linked topics of 'Le transport' and 'Les vacances' (holidays) by watching an interactive module of Tout Le Monde Level 2.  The class were very eager to offer answers and to hear a male voice speaking French!

 

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?) Some pupils knew a lot about Marie Curie!  Loire (Year 5) continued with their set of worksheets, while Garonne (Year 6) carried on writing sentences on their dancing dollies, having done corrections from last week.  Busy, busy!  

 

 

Week ending 21st June 2019

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 again two YouTube clips: ‘Apprendre les légumes’ and the song ‘J’aime les fruits’ which we reprised by singing along with enthusiasm.   We then did a wordsearch containing nine items of fruit vocabulary.

 

Oak Class

Ardeche (Year 3) read a text about a French village and adapted this to write about Kimbolton. The French village had no swimming pool but Kimbolton has; last year our pupils recorded that it was pity (c’est dommage!) that Kimbolton no longer had a post office, but now we have one.  It's a shame we have no beach though!  Next week we shall redraft this written work for display.  Meanwhile Seine (Year 4) tackled some tricky puzzles using transport vocabulary.   

 

Rowan Class

We revised saying we came from which different country and which city we might live in. (Yes, Madrid is in Spain!) Garonne (Year 6) made paper 'dancing dollies' and started to write three sentences on each one on this topic (Rowan’s good friend ‘adjectival agreement’ came in again and was well received!)  Loire (Year 5) linked flags and tourist sites with children from different countries by matching French phrases. Very pleasing that Rowan are engaging so well with this tricky topic!

 

Week ending 14th June 2019

Ash Class

Ash class began a new topic ‘Les fruits et les légumes’ (Fruit and vegetables). They practised saying these 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, even asparagus (l'asperge)!

 

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. Ardeche (Year 3) then finished labelling their maps of Kimbolton while Seine (Year 4) tried to complete their set of worksheets, some of which were in their old exercise books!  Next week, some written composition!

 

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 sets 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!

 

 

Week ending 7th June 2019

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash class used flashcards of plural animals to practise their preference phrases in answer to the question 'Tu aimes …?' (Do you like …?)  They were amused by the code '2M?' meaning 'Tu aimes?'! They sang without any help the song 'J'aime les vaches' and enjoyed the YouTube song 'Tu as un animal?', appreciating the rhyming end to each line of the verses.  They then set to work to complete their preference worksheets, as next week we start a new topic.  Who can guess what it will be?  

 

Oak Class

We played the second round of Pointless on the theme of places in the town, and then watched the Early Start DVD ‘Toutes Directions’.  We studied flashcards from Tout le Monde, saying for each one if we did or did not have that facility in Kimbolton.  Ardeche (Year 3) began labelling in French their Kimbolton maps, while Seine (Year 4) finished a tricky word puzzle, spelling out the names of places in a French town.

 

Rowan Class

In the first lesson of this half term, we started on a new topic ‘Les pays et les nationalités’ (Countries and nationalities).   In the 'La Presse' section we talked about the commemoration of D-Day and the start of the women's World Cup this week, two very different events that brought France into our news this week.  Then 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 Japon.’ Using atlases, Year 5 (Loire) labelled a map of Europe with the French names of countries while Year 6 (Garonne) studied the labels on a French map of Europe and drew in the corresponding flags.  Well done, Rowan. This was an excellent start.

 

Week ending 24th May 2019

Ash Class (Year 2)

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. 

 

Oak Class

After last week's hushed lesson, Oak learnt the song: Le port, le port, c'est loin?  This is quite tricky as it is fast and contains detailed directions.  In true KPA way, the class rose to the occasion and by the fourth rendition were able to sing the whole song with great enthusiasm.  We then settled down to watch an Early Start DVD showing places in a French town and 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.  The second round will be played after half term.  Well done, Oak!   

 

Rowan Class

No lesson

Week ending 17th May 2019 

Rowan Class

We welcomed back Year 6 after SATs by reading the story of Pierre Lapin (Peter Rabbit) in French and English.  Mrs Traynor brought a speaking Peter Rabbit to the class, just for fun!  It was impressive how much French vocabulary the class could quote from the story after we had finished.  We then started a dictionary exercise based on the story: this involved some useful vocabulary for gardeners, diners out and animal lovers, and we even learnt the useful phrase: Au voleur! (Stop thief!)

 

Oak Class

Oak class had a rather more muted lesson than usual as Key Stage 1 SATs were happening in the next room.  We revised simple directions with actions, then studied the words of the French song ‘Le port, le port, c’est loin?’ where the class learnt how to understand and give more complicated directions.  We then continued with our town worksheets.  Next week we will have a noisier lesson, it's a promise!   

 

Ash Class (Year 2)

Continuing their topic ‘Les animaux’, Ash Class 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 10th May 2019

Rowan (Year 5 only)

In our third and last lesson on the topic 'Les mathématiques françaises', we revised 71-100 with a YouTube song from 'Les chiffres et les nombres'.  When we watched the DVD from Early Start French, we compared our answers on laminates with those in the maths lesson shown.  We continued with our set of worksheets.  Pupils who managed to complete these did a worksheet on clothes prices: C'est combien?

 

Oak Class

Oak class reprised the song ‘Voici le port’.  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.  Seine's (Year 4's) written work was a dictionary exercise on places in the town while Ardeche (Year 3) match cartoons of places in the town to the correct vocabulary.  

 

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 3rd May 2019

Rowan Class (Year 5 only)

In our second lesson on the topic 'Les mathématiques françaises.'  We revised 51-70 using wall charts, splitting in two groups then four groups to shout the numbers in sequence.  We then studied a hand written diary and restaurant bills to see how the French write numbers, as well as learning the French for mathematical symbols.  We then continued with our set of worksheets, with some pupils completing some laminates in preparation for next week's look at our Early Start French DVD course.    

 

Oak Class

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, continuing the set of town worksheets begun last week.   

 

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 worked hard to finish an animal wordsearch.

Week ending 26th April 2019

Rowan Class (Year 5 only)

We started a new topic 'Les mathématiques françaises.'  We revised numbers 1-31, then 32-50, then 51-70 using wall charts and YouTube cartoons.  There was an interesting discussion about the logic or otherwise of French numbers and pupils were quick to come up with ideas for remembering them and to spot links with English words.  They then began a suite of worksheets including number strips and banana maths.  More number fun next week! 

 

Oak Class

Oak class began the 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. Ardeche (Year 3) then matched French vocabulary to drawings of places in a French town, while Seine (Year 4), who are revisiting the topic, identified buildings from an aerial view of a French town.

 

Ash Class (Year 2)

Ash Class had no end of term lesson because of Reward Day so they began the term with their end of term lesson!  They    revised the topics of 'Les animaux' and 'Les couleurs' by watching an interactive module of Tout Le Monde Level 2.  They soon gained confidence and were increasingly keen to offer answers, managing to follow the cartoon story 'L'école magique'.

An excellent start to the term, Ash!     

Week ending 5th April 2019 

Rowan Class

As this was the last lesson of the term, pupils revised and consolidated their term's work by going back to complete any unfinished tasks.  A few moved on to Picture Lotto and displayed an amazing completion rate in this.  Productive lesson, Rowan! 

 

Oak Class

Oak Class revised the topics of 'La famille' and 'Les activités' by watching an interactive module of Tout Le Monde Level 2.  They were very eager to offer answers and it was fun to listen to another French voice apart from Mrs Traynor's.  In true KPA fashion, in the cartoon story they felt empathy for the grandmother whose family took her for granted.  We ran out of time so shall have to complete the quiz finale next term.  Good work, Oak!     

 

Ash Class (Year 2)

No lesson.

 

The whole school, including Puddleducks, took part in French Singing Assembly on Thursday.  Some of the songs were sung 'a cappella' and some to the accompaniment of YouTube.  It was very rewarding to see our repertoire sung with such gusto.  Well done to the younger pupils who managed to join in the actions and to Year One pupils who are looking forward to starting French.  Joyeuses Pâques, tout le monde!      

 

Week ending 29th March 2019

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!

 

Oak Class

Oak class revised some Easter vocabulary using display sheets and flashcards. They reprised the 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!

 

Rowan Class

Rowan class revised some Easter vocabulary and practised ‘Deux petits lapins assis près du lac’ so that they can help younger pupils in next week's French singing assembly.  They remembered much of the detail of how Easter is celebrated in France and even the link between the French for egg (l'œuf) and the score in tennis!  They then completed Easter pictures according to instructions, a dictionary worksheet ‘Pâques dans le dictionnaire’ or picture lotto, depending on where they had got up to in their Easter lesson last year.  Joyeuses Pâques, Rowan!

 

 

 

Week ending 22nd March 2019 

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 and some of them  started  an animal wordsearch. 

 

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 dramatic work, Oak!

 

Rowan Class

Rowan Class reprised the French lyrics of the song ‘Let it Go’. They easily understood the weather terms and joined in the chorus of the song on YouTube.  Some pupils even attempted to sing along with the verses.  It sounds even more dramatic in French!  We came down to earth by doing a spelling test on weather terms and then continued with our suite of weather worksheets.  This was our last lesson on the topic.  

Week ending 15th March 2019

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 completed a quiz where the French animal vocabulary had missing letters.  We even started to use French dictionaries!  Good start, Ash! 

 

Rowan Class

The lesson began with a rousing chorus of 'Vive le Vent.'  Keep this up for French singing assembly, Rowan!  In two teams we tackled a dialogue ‘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.  Loire (Year 5) continued with the worksheet ‘Dessinez des images’ making sure that their drawings included all the details in the texts.  Garonne (Year 6), meanwhile, went on with the next level of their written work linking clothes and the weather.  Make sure you don't forget about adjectival agreement!

 

Week ending 8th March 2019

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 very well especially as you were all in fancy dress for World Book Day! 

 

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!)  Then we watched DVD no. 7 which contained the song but we didn’t sing along as it was rather dreary!

Using flashcards of seasons, weather and clothes, pupils made up sentences saying what we wear in certain seasons and weather, asking the class: ‘C’est vrai?  C'est faux? C'est possible?’ This was well done and proved to be a lively activity as not everyone was in agreement!  A calm end to the lesson came with the worksheet ‘Dessinez des images’ where Loire (Year 5) continued with their suite of worksheets, some pupils moving on to draw details gleaned from nine comprehension texts, not quite as easy as it looked!  Garonne (Year 6), meanwhile, started the next level of their written work linking clothes and the weather.

 

 

Week ending 1st March 2019 

Rowan Class

Rowan studied 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 Loire (Year 5) doing a worksheet based on a weather map of France, stating ‘Vrai ou Faux?’ (True or False) and filling the gaps, while Garonne (Year 6) continued their work in written French, linking the themes of 'Le temps' (weather) and 'Les vêtements' (clothes).  

Week ending 15th February 2019

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.  Loire's (Year 5's)  worksheet about the seasons provoked useful discussions: When are pears ripe?  When do swallows return to Britain?  Garonne (Year 6) began a series of graded exercises in written French, linking the themes of 'Le temps' (weather) and 'Les vêtements' (clothes).  Another busy lesson!  

        

Week ending 8th February 2019

Rowan Class

After a spelling test on clothes vocabulary, Rowan began another topic ‘Le temps’ (the weather). We looked at similarities with English words and then did mimes of weather phrases for others to guess, always good fun with Rowan!  Loire (Year 5) then did a worksheet involved writing the correct phrase beneath weather pictures – not as easy as it looked!  Garonne (Year 6), revisiting this topic, tackled a worksheet matching weather phrases to a weather collage.  Well done, Rowan! Your enthusiasm made this a very good start!

Week ending 1st February 2019

Rowan Class

Rowan class completed their topic on 'Les vêtements'.  We watched the Early Start French course DVD which emphasised making adjectives agree with nouns of clothing vocabulary, and then came the term's highlight so far!  Ardeche (Year 6) performed their alphabetical fashion show.  Their commentaries were well prepared and interesting, and came across very well after brief rehearsals.  Loire (Year 5) enjoyed the performance and were able to answer questions to show their concentration.  Good work all round, Rowan!       

Week ending 25th January 2019

Rowan Class

Year 5 in Rowan class (Loire) had a standalone lesson on 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, as you worked out the four main design features necessary!) The class then passed round euro notes (£80 worth!), completed a worksheet and then made coin rubbings of French coins.  Meanwhile Year 6 (Garonne) put the finishing touches to their alphabetical fashion show for performance next week.   

 

 

Week ending 14th December 2018

Rowan Class

Rowan class actively revised the vocabulary of clothing and parts of the body in a circle then played in a lively way the guessing game 'Je pense  à quelque chose.'  They then settled down to completing unfinished tasks in their exercise books.  Once this was done, Loire (Year 5) tackled picture lotto while Garonne (Year 6) continued preparing their fashion show commentaries.  This last lesson of the term ended with a final rousing chorus of the French carol ‘Il est né, le divin enfant.’

 

 

 

 

Week ending 30th November 2018 

Oak Class

Oak wrote down their preferences in terms of sports and activities, as well as their reasons.  They used flashcards and previous work in their exercise books for reference.  There was time to redraft the written results and we now have some very interesting work to display.  Well done, Oak!  

 

 

 

Week ending 23rd November 2018

Oak Class

We watched the Early Start French 1 DVD on the topic of 'Les passe-temps' and also another clip of French children giving their opinions on this topic.  We looked at links to English words e.g. 'chariot' and also learnt that a kite in French is 'un cerf volant' (flying stag)  We had some fun spelling words round the class e.g. 'équitation' and 'natation'.  Seine (Year 4) went on to label pictures with verbs of activities while Ardeche (Year 3) wrote down their sports preferences and their reasons.  

   

 

 

 

Week ending 16th November 2018

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 toy horse to school!) They then asked and answered questions about their sports preferences and gave reasons. (Tu aimes l'équitation? Oui, c’est super!) Another enjoyable lesson as there is so much interest in sport amongst KPA pupils!

 

 

Week ending 9th November 2018

Rowan Class

This was a shorter lesson in two halves because of Remembrance.  Rowan worked through their set of clothes worksheets, making sure that each one was completed before moving on to the next one.  Some of us finished the long Halloween worksheet or did picture lotto.   

 

Oak Class

Oak Class continued the topic: 'Le sport et les activités' in a longer lesson than usual.  We played another matching pairs game where only French could be spoken and managed to do this even better than last time.  Then Oak learnt, using flashcards, how to ask and answer questions about their sports preferences and to give reasons. (Tu aimes la gymnastique? Oui, c’est super!) Seine (Year 4) wrote sentences expressing their preferences in sport and why, while Ardeche (Year 3) matched up pictures and labels, and completed two sentences about the sports they liked and do not like.  Another  enjoyable lesson as there is so much interest in sport amongst KPA pupils!

 

Week ending 19th October 2018 

Oak Class

Oak Class started a new topic for some: 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! Ardeche (Year 3) then tackled a worksheet, matching up cartoons with sports vocabulary and Seine (Year 4) worked on two sporty worksheets, matching phrases with graphics and filling in appropriate captions.  Another busy lesson, Oak!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week ending 28th September 2018

Rowan Class

Rowan completed their topic on Parts of the Body (Le corps) by using guessing game cards to say where they had a pain.  This involved a tricky grammar point but Rowan rose to the challenge.  Garonne (Year 6) made their own fortune teller and Loire (Year 5) completed a worksheet copying ailment phrases to matching pictures.  The lesson ended with a dice game 'Comment allez-vous?' which provoked some quite loud French dialogue!    

 

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Week ending 21st September 2018

Rowan Class

Rowan class stepped up to the challenge of making paper fortune tellers on the topic, parts of the body. They warmed up with a worksheet where they matched up ailments with remedies. Using these phrases, they constructed in pairs 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!

 

 

 

Week ending 14th September 2018

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

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 13th July 2018

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

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.

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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.   



 

 

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!

 

 

 

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!


 

 

Week ending 16th March 2018 
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!

 

 

Week ending 9th March 2018 

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!

 

Week ending 2nd March 2018 

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.

 

 

 

Week ending 23rd February 2018

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.’

 

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?!

 

 

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?

 

 

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