Thames Ditton Infant - French- Report


Thames Ditton Infant - French - Progress Report

TEACHER JANE EVANS (new starters), CAROLINE MEARES (continuers)

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 we do. If you have specific questions, please send an email to
The children have made a brilliant start, settling into the routine very well and demonstrating great keenness and enthusiasm to learn.


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….)
SONG: Bonjour, salut, ça va (CD song booklet p1)

NUMBERS - They can count up to 10. They understand ‘Quel âge as-tu?’ (How old are you?) and respond and ‘j’ai….ans (I’m ..years old).
VOCAB: (1-10) Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix
SONG: La Tour Eiffel (p.4)

COLOURS – Bleu (blue), blanc (white), rouge (red), vert (green) and jaune (yellow).
SONG: L’arc-en-ciel (p.8)

All pupils have learnt a little about France, Paris and Euros and some other locations in France. They love to talk about the trips they have made to France
FRERE JACQUES – They learnt about the story of the familiar song, mimed the actions and played some fun games ‘Je m’appelle Frère Jacques!’ and ‘Jacques a dit’ (Simon says..).
VOCAB: Dormez!- Sleep! Sonnez!- Ring! Écoutez! – listen!, regardez! – look! Assis!- Sit! Debout! – Stand up! Oui – yes, non- no, Silence! – Quiet! S’il vous plait – please, merci – thank you, au revoir – good bye
SONG: Frère Jacques (p.6)

LA TOUR EIFFEL – the children handled a model of the Eiffel Tower and located Paris on a map of France. We talked about going up it, climbing the stairs or taking the lift to get a fantastic view all over Paris and needing Euros to pay to do so.
VOCAB: le pied – foot, monter – to climb up, payer – to pay, dix euros – 10 euros
SONG: La Tour Eiffel (p.4)

LE PONT D’AVIGNON – we studied real photos of Avignon bridge and learnt about how the boys and girls used to meet there in olden times to dance there. We then learnt the song and substituted ‘dancing’ for different actions. The children played the ‘Bridge’ game – they sing as they parade under the bridge. When the bridge comes down, whoever is caught gets to answer a question.
VOCAB: dansez – dance, tournez – turn, marchez – walk, sautez – jump, le garçon – boy, la fille – girl, le pont – bridge
SONG: Sur le pont d’Avignon (p6)

Rainbow colours, You and Me, Christmas preparations. We will continue to review and build on the topics covered this term.
VOCAB: all colours mentioned above plus rose (pink) and violet (purple). C’est toi (it’s you), c’est moi (it’s me), Noël (Christmas), Papa Noël (Father Christmas), le cadeau (present)
SONGS : L’Arc-en-ciel (p8), Petit Papa Noël (p.35), Vive le Vent (p.36)


Clothes, body parts

We started off this half term by revising body parts : la jambe (leg), le bras (arm), la tête (head), la main (hand), le pied (foot), les oreilles (ears), les yeux (eyes), la bouche (mouth) and le nez (nose).

We then added in left (gauche) and right (droite) and played some games and sang songs using body parts and directions.

We then started looking at clothes. We learnt une jupe (skirt), une robe (dress), un pull (jumper), les chausettes (socks), les chaussures (shoes), un short (shorts), pantalon (trousers), une chemise (shirt), un t-shirt, un chapeau (hat) and manteau (coat).

Before half term we started a food and drinks topic. We learnt several drinks – boissons. Le thé (tea), le café (coffee), le lait (milk), de l’eau (water), jus d’orange (orange juice), jus de pommes (apple juice), limonade ( lemonade), jus de raisins (grape juice), coca-cola and chocolat chaud (hot chocolate).


After half term we will continue our food and drink topic. After revising drinks we will move on to a typical French breakfast and will learn croissant, pain au chocolat, des céréales (cereals), la confiture (jam), pain (bread), le beurre (butter).
We will also look at la baguette (sandwich) and will learn pain (bread), le fromage (cheese), le jambon (ham), le tomate (tomato) and la salade (lettuce).

We will also learn how to say I like (j’aime) and I don’t like (je n’aime pas).

We will finish the term by looking at Christmas and will learn Noël – Christmas, Papa Noël – Father Christmas, le sapin de Noël – Christmas tree, les cadeaux – presents, un bonhomme de neige - snowman

We will also continue to review and build on the topics covered this term.

Songs : J’aime la baguette , Petit Papa Noël (no 51), Mon beau sapin (no 52) Vive le vent (no 5

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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Last updated: 23/01/2019 11:55:03 AM