Quoi De Neuf?

TERM 2 2019

Our Prep students have made an exceptional and enthusiastic start to their French learning. This term, students are focusing on les parties du corps (parts of the body) as well as learning to count to 12. We have also been hard at work practising our song for Bastille Day which we are looking forward to sharing with you on Thursday 18th JulyIn our French sessions, we sing, draw, play games and practise using all the vocabulary learnt so far. Génial!

This term, our Year 1 students are learning and practising les nombres (numbers) through lots of games, like Buzz and Bingo. They will also learn how to ask someone’s age and say how old they are. Later in the term, we will be learning les jours de la semaine (days of the week) in French and identifying what we do on each day. The Year 1s are also busy practising their Bastille Day song.

Year 2 students this term have revised the numbers they already know, and are extending their counting skills to cinquante (50)! We have been word detectives, finding language patterns (trois, treize, trente – 3, 13, 30) to help us do this.

Later in the term, Year 2 students will also be learning Je me sens (I feel), developing skills to express their feelings and designing Mr Men and Little Miss characters. Our Bastille Day song this year is Allouette, Gentille Allouette which is a lot of fun to learn!

This term the Year 3s have been revising la famille (the family) through creating a poster to introduce our family members.  We are also learning to describe our family members using adjectives, say their names, and differentiate between il est and elle est – he is and she is. 

In our next unit we will be learning about what French school children call the items they take to school in their sacs (bags). To learn these new words, we will be completing picture and matching activities, learning a new song and creating a school bag with all our stationery inside. Look out for these being displayed in the Art room when they are finished!

In Year 4 as well as revising la famille (the family), we are discovering adjectives we can use to describe mes amis (my friends) as well. We will present the information we write about our friends to each other in conversation and also in the form of a ‘Wanted’ poster! During this unit, we will consolidate our understanding of masculine and feminine words. For example, when describing a sporty male friend, we use the spelling sportif but when describe a female friend we use sportive

Later in the term, we will be finding out all about les loisirs (leisure activities or hobbies) and may be pleasantly surprised how similar they are to our English words! We will also be learning to describe our preferences so we can explain which hobbies are our favourites and give reasons for why we enjoy them.

Our Year 5s are currently learning how to tell the time and how to read timetables – a useful skill to have if we ever find ourselves in a French speaking country! We will also have the opportunity to create a bilingual activity for our Year 1s explaining how to tell the time, perhaps through a French version of ‘Quelle heure est-il Monsieur loup?’ (What’s the time Mr Wolf). 

After this topic, Year 5 will be on the move later in the term! We will discuss different types of transport, including practising asking and answering how we get to school. Using these new phrases, the students will create board games to test our their vocabulary. Their final travel topic will include a project to Paris entitled Bon Voyage, which is going to give us all a little bit of wanderlust!

The Year 6s have a food topic to look forward to this term as they get cooking in la cuisine (the kitchen). In order to make des crêpes (some pancakes), the Year 6s will firstly have to translate an English recipe into French and then give a partner instructions about how to create them. There are going to be some nice aromas wafting around the classrooms!

Our next unit will involve studying different genres of film related to aller au cinéma (going to the cinema) and explaining the reasons for why we like or dislike them. We will research the famous Cannes Film Festival and use this knowledge to produce and present a short film trailer worthy of a Palme d’Or (the highest prize awarded at the festival).

TERM 1 2019

This term is packed with exciting new areas of learning for all year levels as well as revisiting what we’ve learnt during previous school years.  We also get to introduce the French language to our Prep students, which we are really looking forward to!

Our Prep students are learning how to say hello, goodbye and introduce themselves in French. We will find out where France is in the world and that the colours of the French flag (bleu, blanc et rouge – blue, white and red) are the same as those in the Australian flag!  We will be creating our French book covers with these colours and the French flag in mind.

Later in the term, students will learn how to ask others how they are (Comment ça va? – How are you feeling?), and respond according to whether we feel good, bad or okay.  We will reinforce our newfound knowledge through creating our own ça va bien (I am good) ça va mal (I am bad) and comme ci comme ça (I am okay) faces, practicing all the phrases we have learnt so far.

In Year 1, we are revising phrases such as Je m’appelle (my name is) and comment ça va? (How are you feeling?).  We will create a ‘Class Mission’ poster to ensure that each of us is ready to learn with our heads and our hearts. We will extend our abilities to express the intensity of our feelings, for example, très très bien (very very good).

As an introduction to our new unit, we will learn a poem called Deux Petits Oiseaux (Two Little Birds).  We are creating our own oiseaux (birds) to practice our French phrases, both old and new.  We are also improving our French conversation skills through questions such as comment t’appelles tu? (What’s your name?)

The Year 2s will also create a ‘Class Mission’ poster to ensure that each of us is ready to learn with our heads and our hearts.  We are revising phrases such as Je m’appelle (my name is) and learning new songs to sing about what we like to do at school.

In our new unit we are learning to introduce ma famille (my family).  We are doing this through drawing and labelling a family portrait with members of our family and learning to say what their names are.  We are also distinguishing between il et elle (he and she).

In Year 3 we will be recapping the key vocabulary in French to describe ourselves and our preferences. We will create posters to discuss topics such as our favourite foods and hobbies.

In our new unit we are revising la famille (the family) through designing Pokemon cards to introduce our family members.  We are also learning to describe our family members using adjectives, say their names, and differentiate between il est and elle est – he is and she is.

In Year 4 we will be recapping the key vocabulary in French to describe ourselves and our preferences. We will create posters to discuss topics such as our favourite foods and hobbies.

In our new unit we are discovering adjectives we can use to describe mes amis (my friends). We will present the information we write about our friends to each other in conversation.            

Our Year 5s will be designing profile pages in order to provide information about ourselves. We will also be discussing the advantages of learning a language and how these skills can be used in the real world.

In our new unit we will create scripts about ourselves to show qui je suis – who I am.  Through revising the meaning and pronunciation of certain phrases such as Je suis – I am and j’aime – I like, we will be able to tell each other a little bit about ourselves. We are then recording these as a presentation using our iPads.

The Year 6s will be designing a Powerpoint presentation in order to provide information about ourselves. We will also be discussing the advantages of learning a language and how these skills can be used in the real world.

Our next unit will have us asking each other a bit more about ourselves.  We will make qui je suis – who I am scripts to revise our phrases.  Through conversation, we will practise questions such as comment t’appelles tu – what is your name? and qu’est-ce que tu aimes – what do you like?  We will be using our scripts to create presentations about ourselves and answer questions.