Chase Bridge - French- Report

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Chase Bridge - French - Progress Report


Our aim is to ensure children understand and learn to love the culture of France and to gain good listening and speaking skills which will hold them in good stead for the rest of their life. We use lively role play, games, bingos, songs and activities to make French culture both enjoyable and memorable. It is a pleasure to teach your children and I hope they enjoy the sessions as much as I do. If you have specific questions, please see me after the club or send an email to

New children have made a brilliant start, settling into the routine very well and demonstrating great keenness and enthusiasm. They can say ‘Bonjour’ (hello), can greet with “Comment ça va?” (How are you?) and then answer “ ça va bien” (I am fine), “ ça va mal” (I am not good), “ ça va comme ci, comme ça” (I am ok). They understand “Comment t’appelles-tu?” (What’s your name?) and “Quel âge as-tu?” (How old are you?) and respond “je m'appelle ….” (my name is ….) and “j’ai .. ans” (I’m.. years old). They have counted up to 20 and have learnt a little about France, Paris and Euros. They love talking about the trips they have made to France!
SONG: Bonjour, Salut, ça va (CD song no.1)

In addition, Infants have covered :
FRERE JACQUES (CD song no 9) – they learnt about the story of the familiar song, mimed the actions (dormez – sleep, sonnez – ring) and played a fun game in which they got to practice ‘Comment t’appelles-tu? Je m’appelle…- what’s your name/I’m called..) If they had been chosen to secretly wear Frère Jacques’ bell (la cloche) on their back, they could proudly reveal ‘Je m’appelle Frère Jacques! They also played Jacques a dit (Simon says..), responding to new commands and words: assis! – sit!, debout! – stand!, oui – yes, non – no, s’il vous plait – please, merci – thank you, bonjour – hello, au revoir – good bye.

LA TOUR EIFFEL – the children handled a real model of the Eiffel Tower and located Paris on a map of France. We talked about going up it, climbing the stairs or taking one of the lifts to get a fantastic view all over Paris and needing Euros to pay to do so. The children can repeat and mime ‘La Comptine de la Tour Eiffel’ (CD song no 7) very effectively!

LE PONT D’AVIGNON (CD song no 10) – we studied real photos of Avignon bridge and learnt about how the boys and girls would meet there in olden times to dance there. We then learnt the song and substituted ‘dancing’ for different actions and then split the group into ‘les filles’ (girls) versus ‘les garçons’ (boys) to see how each group interpreted the action – danser/to dance; tourner/to turn; sauter/to jump; marcher/to walk. The children then played the ever popular ‘Bridge game’ – they sing ‘Sur le Pont d’Avignon’ as they parade under the ‘bridge’ – when the bridge comes down, whoever is caught gets to answer a question. eg Quel âge as-tu? J’ai 5 ans.

L ’ARC-EN-CIEL (Rainbow) The children have quickly consolidated all the colours of the rainbow plus a few more. Rouge (red), orange (orange!), jaune (yellow), vert (green), bleu (blue), violet (purple), rose (pink) and blanc (white). (CD song no 13)

We started the term with a general WARM-UP session after the summer holidays, playing our favourite games to revise familiar themes such as numbers, colours, greetings, family, body, animals, food and drink etc. We had fun making ‘une salière’ (a ‘chatterbox’) and then using it to practice naming an object, a colour, counting or singing a song with our friends and families.

We have since concentrated on DIRECTIONS (à droite - right and à gauche- left) and PREPOSITIONS (sur – on; sous – under; devant – in front; derrière – behind; en avant – forwards; en arrière – backwards), learning some great clapping and action songs to help us remember the new vocabulary while usefully revising face and body parts. We loved drawing funny faces blindfolded, trying to work out where to place the different features, especially those with a left and right version – l’oeil droit – the right eye, l’oeil gauche – the left eye, l’oreille droite – the right ear, l’oreille gauche – the left ear. We sing the songs at different speeds – lentement (slowly), vite (quickly), encore plus vite (even faster!) We played Twiser and have had some great aerobic sessions too!
SONGS: Tiens Voilà main droite (CD song no.31) ; Sur sous devant derrière (CD song no.45)

We started to learn about the different types of WEATHER – le temps – through miming, singing and playing Loto. Quel temps fait-il? (What’s the weather like?) Il pleut (it’s raining) ; il fait du vent (it’s windy) ; il fait beau (it’s nice weather) ; il fait du soleil (it’s sunny) ; il fait froid (it’s cold) ; il fait chaud (it’s hot) ; il fait gris (it’s grey) ; il fait de l’orage (it’s stormy)
SONG : Quel temps fait-il ? (CD song no 40)

INFANTS – Halloween, starting food and drink then finishing with Christmas preparations.
JUNIORS – Halloween, Finishing the Weather topic, winter and Christmas preparations.

La citrouille – pumpkin, le chat noir – black cat, les bonbons – sweets, farces ou bonbons – trick or treat. Le jambon – ham, le fromage – cheese, le pain/la baguette – bread, le chocolat chaud – hot chocolate. L’hiver – winter, il neige – it’s snowing, Une boule de neige – snowball, le bonnet – hat , les gants – gloves, l’écharpe – scarf. , Noël – Christmas, Papa Noël – Father Christmas, le sapin de Noël – Christmas tree, les cadeaux – presents, un bonhomme de neige - snowman

SONGS – J’aime la baguette (CD no 39), Petit Papa Noël (no 51), Mon beau sapin (no 52) Vive le vent (no 53)
ALL TERM DATES, REPORTS AND PRESENTATION DATES ARE ON THE WEBSITE Please remember that we expect half a term’s notice if you are not continuing. We look forward to seeing you next term to continue your journey in French.
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Last updated: 17/01/2018 06:55:04 PM