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French - Mrs Blackett

Bienvenue and welcome to French with Madame Blackett. We have lots of fun in our French lessons here at GPS. Click on the tabs below to see just some of the things we do. 

Quelle heure est-il ?

Quelle heure est-il ? This may be a question many of you remember from your time learning French. Telling the time has been a focus for our children in years 5 and 6. Year 6 have been learning to describe what they do at the weekend. They can write and say sentences telling the time and giving their opinion as well. Year 5 can now say what the time is in the UK and compare this to the time in France. Year 4 have been enjoying playing a game called ‘Trapdoor’ which allows them to practise reading aloud and to use the vocabulary they have been learning about animals. Year 3 are learning all about the landmarks of the UK and describing them in French. This will lead them to describe Sunderland, which they know all about already. Finally, our year 2 children have been singing a familiar song in French which they recognised straight away. They are very good at singing ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ and they have played lots of fun games to reinforce the vocabulary for parts of the body. Mrs Blackett.

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A Warm Welcome to our French Friend!

Our children had a visitor from across the channel recently. Oliver spent the day at school, helping the children with their language learning. He was very happy to tell us all about his life in France. We asked him lots of interesting questions. It was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to learn about what is similar, such as his love of burgers, and what is different – did you know that children in France do not wear a uniform at school? We enjoyed speaking and singing in French to show off our pronunciation. A highlight was the chance to hear a story read by a native French speaker, it was lovely to see everyone listening so intently. Merci beaucoup Oliver et Bon Voyage!  Mrs Blackett.

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Maths Fun in French

We have been spending a lot of time in our French lessons practising our maths skills in different ways. In year 2, we have been singing a counting song and, when reading a familiar story - The Very Hungry Caterpillar, we have been counting how many different foods the caterpillar ate. Year 3 have been learning how to count to 12. They have really enjoyed playing a game called Deadly Douze. When the children take turns counting, everybody tries to avoid saying 12 (douze) so they don’t lose the game. On World Maths Day, year 4 listened to a story about a monster and counted how many noses, eyes, legs and tails the creature has. Year 5 have been learning how to tell the time and playing Splat, a firm favourite amongst the children, has reinforced some of the higher numbers they need to tell the time. Year 6 have begun to create a hybrid creature and they have also enjoyed reading the story ‘Le Monstre’ which allowed them to use their more advanced maths skills to calculate how many fingers and toes the monster has. They can use this language to add to their own descriptions. This work helps our children to realise that maths skills are useful in other subjects too.

Fun with French Phonics

We have been doing a lot of singing and dancing in French during February. In year 2, we have been learning the names of the days of the week. A catchy song to the tune of the Addams Family has had our children clicking their fingers in time and they have learnt actions to go with the song too. In Key Stage 2, there has been a focus on French phonic sounds. Year 3 have been learning how to count and the song they have learnt really caught their attention. Year 4 have been learning the names of animals and our song included a sheep that cuts the grass and a hedgehog that flies a plane! Year 5 have been practising asking questions and they have been singing a song which included some interesting actions. They were even dancing along in the playground. Finally, year 6 have been singing a song about a boy who wants a dog but his dad says no. Without realising it, all of our children are practising pronunciation and they (and Madame Blackett) are having lots of fun along the way.

Happy New Year

'Bonne Année' was the first thing we learnt how to say when we returned to school at the beginning of January. We also discovered that the Epiphany is widely celebrated in France. Our children loved learning that, in France, a cake is shared with family and if you are the person who finds the lucky charm in your piece, you become king or queen for the day and you then decide what everyone will do for the day. Year 2 designed their own crowns and described the colours they had used in French. Year 3 are learning how to ask simple questions by using intonation in their voices. They can also answer these questions of course. With the help of a catchy rock and roll song which is a real ear worm, year 4 have begun to discover the names of animals in French. Year 5 have been learning how to tell the time in French and they are using bilingual dictionaries to help them to discover new vocabulary. Finally, year 6 are creating their own cartoon characters. They are using their prior knowledge to help them to describe their creations.   

Christmas Fun in French

 December has flown by in our French lessons. Year 2 have been learning a song about the donkey in the nativity story. They have practised the actions and joined in with some of the words. Year 3 have been revisiting a song they had already learnt all about a Christmas reindeer. They remembered a lot of the words from the song from last year. Year 4 have been doing some detective work using the French-English dictionaries to discover what was in a Christmas stocking and they have drawn pictures to show they understand. Year 5 have been learning a popular French Christmas song, ‘Noël, C’est Comme un Rythme de Jazz’ which has been a good help with their pronunciation. Finally, year 6 have used their reading skills to decipher a description of a Christmas scene. They were successful in recreating the picture according to what they understood. Everybody has also learnt about how French children celebrate Christmas. Did you know that French children don’t leave out a stocking, they leave out their shoes!  Joyeux Noël!

Bon Voyage Year 2!

In November, we had lots of fun in our French lessons. Year 6 have been discovering how to talk about what they wear depending on the weather which is very useful at the moment! Year 5 have discovered how to describe their gardens in French. In particular they have been describing their dream gardens which include swimming pools of course. Year 4 have become language detectives, using their excellent language learning skills to read and understand a French text about a capital city such as Belfast, Cardiff, London, Edinburgh or Paris. There are so many exciting places to discover! Year 3 have started to put simple sentences together and they can answer questions about the capital cities of the UK and France, in French of course. Our year 2 children are extremely good at talking about modes of transport now. They can use actions to remind them of the French name for cars, buses, boats, trains and aeroplanes. They have also used some small toys to help them to learn this new vocabulary which really boosts their confidence. Bon Voyage les enfants !

Parisian Inspiration

October was a busy month of learning for our budding linguists. Year 2 went on an imaginary trip to Paris. They decided which method of transport they would use to get there and what they would spend their Euros on when they arrived. Year 3 have been busy learning about some of the famous places to visit in Paris. They have been learning actions to help them remember new vocabulary such as la Tour Eiffel, le Louvre and l’Arc de Triomphe. Year 4 have been discovering how they would describe their hometown. They are speaking in sentences and their pronunciation is wonderful! Year 5 have produced their very own lift the flap mini books about animals, which could be used to teach small children how to count in French. Finally, year 6 have been learning all about the weather. They have produced a weather forecast which has also helped them with their pronunciation, not to mention their knowledge of French geography. Unfortunately, as you can see, it is raining in Paris. Quel dommage !

European Day of Languages

To celebrate the European Day of Languages in September, we held a celebration of all things French. Children came to school dressed in the colours of the French flag and enjoyed many exciting activities. Workshops included art, music and culture. We had a visit from our friend, French storyteller, Nathalie Paris who used different French speaking countries as a focus for each year group. These included Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Monaco and of course France. A favourite activity on our French days is always food tasting, who doesn’t like croissants, baguettes and waffles? It was lovely to see everyone enjoying learning all about a different language and culture through stories, songs and experiences.  

J'aime les Animaux

In year 5, our linguists have really enjoyed learning about animals. They have discovered the French names of many different animals from land and sea. They have also been discovering how to talk about their habitats. Lots of speaking practice has made their pronunciation fantastic. Their favourite thing has been telling each other about their likes and dislikes. Madame Blackett is so proud of their effort. It is clear to see how much progress they have made since the beginning of term. Keep it up year 5!