Sunday, 27 March 2011

Prep 3, Prep 4, Prep 5, Prep 6: Days and months quiz

Look at the days and months flashcards above and then try testing yourself by choosing a study mode. How many can you get right? There are no accents I'm afraid - can you remember which three months should have accents in them?

Friday, 25 March 2011

Prep 4, 5, 6: Pronunciation

I've found a really good site to go to if you are not sure how to pronounce a word in French. Just type it in on this website, click on French and you will hear it being said. You can use it for other languages too.

Form 1 - Prep 6: Crickweb

This website has some great interactive reading exercises for practising vocabulary. Amongst other things, you can test yourself on numbers, colours, food, transport and animals.

Prep 6: Spellings for 30th March

Prep 6 - don't forget your test will be on Wednesday this week. You have chosen your own animals to be tested on, but why don't you try this animal exercise, this animal crossword or one of these exercises?

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Prep 3: La marelle

At the beginning of this term, Prep 3 learnt the French names for some playground activities. One of them was la marelle (hopscotch). I found this great video of some French children playing la marelle. It will help you revise your numbers too!

Nursery - Prep 3: Savez-vous planter les choux?

Here is a version of Savez-vous planter les choux? which we read and sang together a couple of weeks ago. Can you spot which four body parts are used to plant cabbages in this version?

Monday, 21 March 2011

Nursery, Reception: T'choupi app for iPad and iPhone

Those parents who have an iPad or an iPhone might like to get this lovely app. It features the character T'choupi, who most of the children will recognise from their French lessons. It has various games and activities which provide great colour practice, all in French.

Nursery, Reception: Caillou

Nursery and Reception children might enjoy some of the games on the Caillou website. There is lots to do and although all the instructions are in French, it is easy to navigate and play on.

Form 1: Les fruits

I found this song all about fruit that Form 1 might enjoy as we have been learning the names of some fruit as part of our work on The Hungry Caterpillar. Which word means peach, and which word means apricot, do you think?

Prep 3: Le fermier dans son pré

We sang this song back in January. I wonder how much of it Prep 3 can remember? What do the following words mean?

le fermier
la femme
la nourrice
le chat
la souris
le fromage

Nursery: Ah les crocodiles!

We have been learning the names of some zoo animals in Nursery, so I thought the children might enjoy this song about crocodiles.

Form 2, Prep 3, Prep 5: Les formes et les couleurs

Have a go at this exercise for learning the names of shapes and colours. Read the names of the shapes then answer the questions. How many can you get right?

Form 2: Quel temps fait-il?

Form 2 have been learning to talk about the weather this term. Try these exercises from the BBC website and see how much you remember.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Prep 6: Poems

I thought you might like to read some of Prep 6's fantastic poems in French about the seasons. I showed them the basic structure on the whiteboard and then they made use of online dictionaries and their own knowledge and imagination to change the original version and make it their own. The poems are all on show in the Prep 6 classroom.

Dans la montagne ce matin,
Un rouge-gorge m’a dit:
<<Viens, viens, viens, viens,
L’hiver est sur le chemin
La neige est blanche
Les sapins sont verts
Je m’amuse bien!
L’hiver est sur le chemin>>.


Dans le jardin ce matin
Un lapin m’a dit: 
<<Viens, viens, viens, viens,
L’été est sur le chemin.
Les fraises sont mûres,
Le blé est prêt
Je m’amuse bien!
L’été est sur le chemin>>.


Café de l'école

Prep 6 organised another successful Café de l'école on Wednesday. We sold a huge number of croissants and pains au chocolat and I was really pleased with how well both the café organisers and their customers spoke French to one another. Any profits will help to subsidise future school visits to France. A special mention goes to the following children for their careful French and lovely accents: Victoria, William M, Joshua, Katie, both Olivers, Jade, Anousca, Ben, Freya, Sapphie, Alice, Caitlin and Eloise. A big MERCI to Prep 6 and to Mrs Groom and her team for making it possible!

Prep 6: Spellings for 21st March

Congratulations to Holly, who was the only one to get full marks on last week's test. Here are this week's spellings. They are all words to do with nature, as we have been looking at and describing impressionist beach scenes. They are trickier than the previous lists, so see if you can persuade someone to test you on them. Why don't you record yourself saying the word and spelling it out and then listen to your recording as many times as you can before the test? Good luck!

l’étoile – star
l’herbe – grass
la mer – sea
le sable – sand
la plage – beach
le ciel – sky
le soleil – sun
la lune – moon
la montagne – mountain
le lac – lake
l’arbre – tree
la feuille - leaf

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Prep 5, Prep 6: Impressionism

Why don't you visit the Metropolitan Museum in New York and learn some more about Cézanne, Degas and Van Gogh?

Friday, 11 March 2011

Prep 5, Prep 6: Les Infos

Have you noticed that right at the bottom of this page there are some links in French? If you follow these you will be taken to a current news article from a French children's magazine called Journal des Enfants. See how much you can understand - it is great reading practice. Have a go at understanding this report about the Japanese earthquake. You can always use an online dictionary if you get stuck.

Prep 3: Les Couleurs

Why don't you try these colour exercises from the BBC website or this exercise with the words for light and dark to practise your colours for next week?

Prep 4: Mardi Gras

Prep 4 have been learning how to talk about what they eat and whether or not it is healthy. Definitely not healthy but very tasty looking is this recipe for chocolate pancakes. How much can you understand? Why don't you try following the recipe and making some?

Form1: La Chenille Qui Fait Des Trous

Form 1 have been working hard on their numbers, fruit and days of the week ready to read La Chenille Qui Fait Des Trous next week. We read a simplified version this week and I was really pleased with how many of the words they understood. For a sneak preview of the whole story in French they could have a look at this slideshow made by a teacher and see how many words from the text they can say or read.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Nursery, Reception: Poisson Rouge

Poisson Rouge is my  favourite website for younger children. There are so many activities and mini-games to explore on it, from Frère Jacques to the night sky to famous works of art to life under the sea, and the navigation is clear and simple enough to allow children to explore the site independently. And it's French! Try it!

Prep 3, Prep 4, Prep 5, Prep 6: Pronunciation

I have been talking a lot about pronunciation with the older pupils this year and looking at the many sounds in French that are different from English. I found this sounds page on the new BBC Primary French site which shows you how to pronounce some of the main sounds. There is also a game to reinforce four of the sounds. I wonder if Prep 4 can spot which sounds we have practised recently that are not on the page?

Prep 5, Prep 6: Monet's garden at Giverny

With both Prep 5 and 6 looking again at colours this half term, I showed Prep 5 a presentation in French about Impressionism on Thursday and was really pleased with the way they used the knowledge gained in art lessons to help them understand a very demanding text. They recognised many of the paintings I showed them and were even able to say who they were by. We looked at some of Monet's pictures of his garden at Giverny as well as his famous series of haystacks painted in different lights and seasons. Next week both Prep 5 and Prep 6 will be learning some seaside vocabulary to help them describe this beach painting by Degas in French.

Prep 6: Spellings for 7th March

Prep 6 have been revising their colours in French this week for a test after the weekend. It was again Ellie, Alex S and Holly who got top marks in their vocabulary test last Monday. Well done! The class spent Thursday's lesson in the ICT room finishing some fantastic poems about the seasons which I hope to publish here next week. They have learnt how to use online dictionaries to find the words they need and the results are great.
For extra colours practice, try the following activities: