St Mary's Infant - Middle Site - French- Report


St Mary's Infant - Middle Site - French - Progress Report

PRESENTATION Tuesday 27th November, 4.05pm

Our aim is to ensure children understand and learn to love the culture of France and to gain good listening and speaking skills. 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 we hope they enjoy the lessons as much as I do. If you have specific questions, please send an email to

The children have made a brilliant start. New pupils have settled into the routine very well and are demonstrating great keenness and enthusiasm to learn. It has been a good opportunity for continuers to revise and consolidate, while helping new pupils settle in and get familiar with the routine and some basic topics.


We always begin with a warm up game of Chinese Whispers or ‘What’s in the Bag?’ which the children absolutely love. We sing familiar songs, passing the bag around the group. When the singing stops, the child who has the bag pulls out an item from within (Fruit, veg, animal etc) and tries to say the French word for that item. They can try to extend into a phrase, such as ‘J’aime la pomme’ (I like apples). We line the items up to play a table top version of Stepping Stones to see if we can then name all the items together.

GREETINGS – The children can say ‘bonjour’ (hello), understand ‘comment ça va?’ (How are you?) and then answer ‘ça va bien’ (I’m fine), ‘ça va mal’ (I am not good) or ‘ça va comme ci comme ça’ (I am ok). They understand ‘Comment t’appelles-tu?’ (What’s your name?) and ‘je m’appelle…’ (My name is….), Au revoir (goodbye), à la semaine prochaine (see you next week) C’est moi (it’s me)
SONG: Bonjour, salut, ça va (CD song booklet p1)

NUMBERS – New starters can count up to 12, continuers to 31. They understand ‘Quel âge as-tu?’ (How old are you?) and respond ‘j’ai….ans (I’m ..years old).
VOCAB: (1-23…30) Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix, onze, douze, treize, quatorze, quinze, seize, dix-sept, dix-huit, diz-neuf, vingt, vingt-et-un, vingt deux, vingt trois…..trente
SONG: La Tour Eiffel (p.4)

COLOURS – All pupils are familiar with bleu (blue), blanc (white), rouge (red), vert (green) and jaune (yellow), continuers also know orange, violet (purple), rose (pink), noir (black) and marron (brown).
SONG: L’arc-en-ciel (p.8)

FRENCH CULTURE - All pupils have learnt a little about France, Paris and the Euro. They love to talk about the trips they have made to France. We have covered La Tour Eiffel and le Pont d’Avignon, looking at photos and sharing experiences of visits we have made. We revised actions by thinking of all the different things we could do as we climb up the Eiffel Tower or on Avignon Bridge.
Marchez – walk, Courrez – run, Sautez – jump, Tournez – turn, Montez – climb, Dansez – dance, écoutez – listen, regardez – look, dormez – sleep, payez – pay, asseyez-vous – sit down.

LIKES AND DISLIKES – J’aime (I like), J’adore (I love), je n’aime pas (I don’t like), Je déteste (I detest)
The children have been learning how to express their likes and dislikes, linking the expressions to food and drink vocabulary. They worked really hard to earn as many points as possible for their team by naming extra items and building phrases for extra points.
VOCAB: J’aime le chocolat/les bonbons/la glace (I like chocolate/sweets/ice cream), je n’aime pas le fromage/les champignons(I don’t like cheese/mushrooms), vrai (true), faux (false)

Family, Feelings, Christmas preparations. We will continue to review and build on the topics covered this term.
VOCAB: la tante (aunt), l’oncle (uncle), le cousin/la cousine (cousin), j’ai froid/chaud/faim/soif (I’m cold/hot/ hungry/thirsty) Noël (Christmas), Papa Noël (Father Christmas), le cadeau (present),
SONGS : Une maman ça aime énormément (p13), Si tu as (p10), Petit Papa Noël (p.35), Vive le Vent (p.36), Mon beau sapin (p35)

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 lifelong journey in French.

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