At Henry Cavendish French is being taught weekly by Madame Diallo our native French speaker. All children from Year 3 to Year 6 take part in weekly French lessons in their classes.
A fun, interesting and contextualised curriculum has been designed to help children develop a love for languages. Children have been learning through, games, songs and very often through action dances such as ‘Tête, épaules, genoux, pieds’ (Head, Shoulders, Knees and toes).
Madame Diallo introduced a range of books and stories to all year groups to enable children to grasp a better understanding of language structure, develop an understanding of the similarities and differences in language, promote intercultural understanding such as humour and build up vocabulary.
Over the last year...
Children in Year 3 have read ‘La chenille qui fait des trous’ ('The Very Hungry Caterpillar'), consolidating their number knowledge, learning the days of the week as well as the name of fruits. To further develop their speaking and listening skills, a fruit salad bar was set up in class where children ordered in French the fruits they needed to make and enjoy their own fruits salad!
Children in Year 4 focused on their pronunciation by reading and reenacting a French play script based on the book ‘C’est à moi ça!’
They also consolidated their learning of family members by playing a popular French game called ‘Le jeu des 7 familles’
Have been writing and reenacting conversations and dialogues for a more practical use of the language e.g. asking for directions or order food at a restaurant. To extend their speaking and listening skills, Year 5 attended the French breakfast morning at ‘Le Café Cavendish’ where they pretended to be waiters and customers taking orders. They used their impeccable pronunciation skills to order and taste the delicious patisseries (pastries) and boissons (drinks) on offer.
Children have been busy challenging themselves reading and writing numbers to 100 and beyond, writing and reenacting their own play scripts and learning about French culture and French playground games.