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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary School

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    French

    Please click the following link for a delicious recipe for Galette des rois

    Terms 3 and 4

    Year One

    Year 1 are going to start this term by looking at the French tradition of La Fête des Rois – the feast of the 3 Kings celebrated with a special cake on 12th Night. They will then be enjoying the French version of Eric Carle’s fabulous book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar – La Chenille qui Fait des Trous. It provides a wonderful opportunity to explore colours, numbers and the days of the week, as well as lots of different fruit and food. The children will develop their story-telling skills, take part in craft activities, and learn a song to accompany the story as well as extending their knowledge of the language.

    Year Two

    Year 2 are going to start this term by looking at the French tradition of La Fête des Rois – the feast of the 3 Kings celebrated with a special cake on 12th Night. They will then be continuing their adventures with Marvin and Loulou, learning the French alphabet, numbers to 31 and animal names. They will be playing lots of word and spelling games, and once they are confident with their numbers they can begin to talk about how old they are and when their birthday is. Year 2 children have also been listening to Marvin and Loulou in a French supermarket and got quite excited by the idea of a baked camembert cheese. It is really really easy and the link is below. Bon appétit! Baked Camembert Recipe

    Year Three

    Year 3 are going to start this term by looking at the French tradition of La Fête des Rois – the feast of the 3 Kings celebrated with a special cake on 12th Night. They will then be starting a new story about Cromignon, a little Stone Age boy who is frustrated that he is too small to go mammoth-hunting with the men. The children will be developing their storytelling skills and focusing on the links between the spelling, sound and meaning of words. And singing a fabulous song about cave men!

    Year Four

    Year 4 are going to start this term by looking at the French tradition of La Fête des Rois – the feast of the 3 Kings celebrated with a special cake on 12th Night. We will then be reaching for our brollies and setting off to the rainforests of French Guyana. Our non-fiction topic will cover weather expressions (rain), wildlife and higher numbers, and the children will be researching and creating a fact-file on one of the rainforest creatures.

    Year Five

    Year 5 are going to start this term by looking at the French tradition of La Fête des Rois – the feast of the 3 Kings celebrated with a special cake on 12th Night. We are then heading back to the time of the Vikings with Kettil who will introduce us to his family members and their daily routines. The children will be learning their numbers beyond 100 and looking at some key dates from the period as well as discovering how the Vikings became the Normans who, led by William the Conqueror, invaded Britain all those years later in 1066.

    Year Six

    Year 6 are going to start this term by looking at the French tradition of La Fête des Rois – the feast of the 3 Kings celebrated with a special cake on 12th Night. They are then going to discover a little of what life was like living in German-occupied France during the Second World War with our topic entitled Vivre et Survivre – Living and Surviving. With 11-year-old Martin as their guide, the children will learn about the outbreak of war and countries involved, food shortages, evacuation, and la Résistance.

     

    Term 1

    Year 1 are revisiting the songs and activities they enjoyed last year before branching off on a new topic and as the children grow in confidence they will start to experiment with writing simple words. This term we will be focussing on classroom language – not just the words for pens, pencils and other equipment but using them in expressions and asking for help when needed. As always, there will be lots of singing and a few games along the way!

    Year 2 are beginning weekly French lessons this term. We will be starting with greetings, and understanding the importance of formal and informal language in France. We will then be following the story of an English kitten who finds himself in France and meets a little cat called Loulou, who helps him – and us – to learn to speak French. 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 focus on writing at this stage.

    The Year 3 children are now ready to build on all their hard work last year. To tie in with their African topic, we are basing our lessons this term on the French version of the story ‘Handa’s Hen’. This introduces African animals, 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 story.

    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 family members.

    Year 5 French lessons are heading off into Space and with the help of a Paxi, an intrepid explorer from the planet Alley-O, the children will be discovering the names of the planets in French. They will be developing their use of adjectives in order to describe the size and colour of individual planets and then extending their knowledge of prepositions to explain where the different planets can be found.

    We are starting 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 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.