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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary School

A school of excellence and enjoyment at the heart of its community

    French

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    Year 2
    Year 2 started the year learning various greetings, and understanding the importance of formal and informal language in France. They have been introduced to the numbers up to ten and to saying how they feel. To tie in with their ice worlds topic, they will be following the story of a little French boy called Pierre who makes a snowman and the activities they enjoy together. Most lessons will involve a little listening and speaking, pair-work, singing and games. Although the children will gradually be introduced to the written language, there is no specific focus on writing at this stage.
    During their second language session each week, they will be learning about different weather conditions and how to describe them in French.
     
    Year 3 
    The Year 3 children are continuing their African topic this term and we are basing our lessons on the French versions of the stories ‘Handa’s Hen’ and ‘Handa’s Surprise’. These introduce African animals and fruits, revises colours and numbers to ten, and provides a lovely musical opportunity to create rhythms to accompany the language. The children will be developing their pronunciation as they join in with telling the stories. 
    The second language session each week will be based on the science curriculum, and children will be looking at healthy eating – looking at food categories, sorting food types and discussing what is good and not so good for our health.
     
    Year 4
    The Year 4 topic is Ancient Egypt and our lessons will be based on a beautiful French story written by Géraldine Elschner about a little blue hippo who lives with his family on the banks of the Nile. When he befriends Antef, a white-haired old man, his adventure begins. As well as the story language of Nile and pampas grass, tombs and pyramids, we will also be looking at colour, form and expressions of time. 
    The second language session each week will be based on the science curriculum, and children will be looking at healthy eating – looking at food categories, sorting food types and discussing what is good and not so good for our health.
     
    Year 5
    Year 5 French lessons are heading back from Space where the children learnt the names of the planets in French and developed their use of adjectives and prepositions in order to describe the ‘Système Solaire’. To complement the Anglo Saxon topic work they will be doing in class, we will be looking at a similar period of history in France – the time of Clovis, the first king of the Franks -  and learning days, months and higher numbers to compare dates.
    During the second language session each week, the children will be looking at the science of colour, exploring the colour spectrum, colour wheels and how artists use this in their work.
     
    Year 6 
    We are continuing Year 6 with a topic called ‘C’est ma Vie!’ (It’s my life). We will be covering all the basic personal information: name, age, where they live, how they travel to school, families and hobbies. As there is much more emphasis on writing this year, the children will be playing lots of spelling and word games and making much more use of the individual white boards. We will also learn the alphabet and start to spell aloud in French.
    During the second language session each week, the children will be exploring how different artists use colour in their work. They will look specifically at pointillism and then remember Armistice Day by creating poppies based on Georgia O’Keeffe’s large poppy paintings.