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TERM 4 2018

This term, our Prep students will be learning the names of les animaux domestiques (pets), designing some ‘Perdu’ (‘Missing’) posters to find an escaped pet and describing their pets using all the language they have learned this year. Later in the term, the Preps will be finding out their classmates’ favourite fruits and using these to create their very own fruit salads. How exciting!

Our Year 1 students will be adding to their animal vocabulary through learning about les animaux de la ferme (farm animals). We will be comparing the sounds that animals make in France and Australia and singing along with ‘Le vieux Macdonald a une ferme’. I wonder if any of our students will recognise the song?! In our next unit, we will be describing the food in our lunchboxes and then creating our ideal lunch. Yum!

In Year 2, we will be starting a group project about faire un pique nique (having a picnic). We will be working in teams to produce and then present a poster to describe our favourite foods that we would take on a picnic. In our next unit, we will be investigating prepositions as we expand our understanding of writing sentences in French.

Our Year 3 students will also be thinking about food as we discuss healthy eating and investigate the food groups used in France. In our next unit, we will be expanding our vocabulary about dates, days, months and seasons so that we can discuss our birthdays and ask our friends when their birthdays are.

The Year 4s will be learning the language of direction to solve some puzzles and increase their map-reading skills. We will then be moving into a food unit to recreate a famous French recipe, ‘les galettes des rois‘.

In Year 5 we will begin by recapping numbers to 69 and then looking at number patterns to 100 and beyond. As part of this topic, we will study French currency which will lead nicely into Au café (at the café). In this unit, our students will become waiters, waitresses and customers to place an order in a French café. Bon appétit!

The Year 6s also 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 classroom!

TERM 3 2018

Term 3 got off to an exciting start as we celebrated Bastille Day together as a whole school on Friday 20th July. Everyone participated in a range of activities mainly centred around French food (delicieux!) and it was great to see students working so well together in mixed year groups. The grand finale of the day was our French assembly in the hall where each year group had the chance to present either a French song, a poster presentation or a film clip in front of parents, staff and friends. It was a fantastic day and we are immensely proud of what our students have achieved already in French this year.

Our Prep students did a magnifique (magnificent) job performing their Bastille Day song, Sur le pont d’Avignon. We were really impressed with how well they reminded both the words and actions. Bravo Preps!

This term the Preps will be learning the colours of l’arc en ciel (the rainbow) to add to the colours we already know. We will also be learning the days of the week through reading La chenille qui fait des trous (The Very Hungry Caterpillar). Once we have identified the days of the week we will be drawing a timetable of what we do on each day.

We were equally proud of our Year 1 students who did a fantastique (fantastic) performance of Pirouette, Cacahuete. We loved their ballerinas and ballerinos pirouetting during the song!

This term, our Year 1 students will be making les monstres des formes (shape monsters) extending their knowledge of the shapes they learned last year in Prep. Later in the term, we will be learning about le corps et le visage (the body and the face) through the story va t’en grand monstre vert and the creation of some bizarre monsters!

The Year 2’s song, Mon âne was a particular highlight of our assembly. The tune was very catchy and the students’ props looked amazing!

This term, our Year 2 students are extending their skills in talking about les parties du corps (parts of the body), including learning how to tell a doctor that something hurts… aie! (ouch!) Towards the end of the term, we will be learning lots of vocabulary and phrases about animals and their habitats. Students will pretend to be zookeepers, creating a poster about one of their zoo’s habitats and the animals that live there.

Bravo to Year 3 on their poster presentations explaining the meaning of Bastille Day.

Year 3’s first unit this term focuses on les vetements (clothing.) In this unit, the students will be practising their grammar skills through desribing pieces of clothing with adjectives. We look forward to seeing their creativity flourish as they design and label their dream school uniform! During the second half of the term, our Chez Moi (at my place) unit will allow Grade 3 to extend their vocabulary to describe the rooms of their house and the type of building they live in.

We were equally proud of our Year 4 students who presented their posters about different regions of France very clearly.

In the first half of the term, Year 4 will be learning how to talk about les quatre saisons in French, including saying which season a particular date or month is in. They will create some beautiful posters which will be on display outside the French room. During the second half of the term, Year 4 will be building on their knowledge of weather from last year, focusing on weather-related phrases and vocabulary. As well as learning a song to reinforce these new words, students will be scripting and performing a weather report. 

Year 5 did a wonderful job with their tour around our school using both French and English phrases.

Speaking of tours, Year 5s are on the move this term! Our first unit is all about different types of transport, including practising asking and answering how we get to school. Currently, the students are busily creating board games using these new phrases. Our final topic for the term is Bon Voyage, a project about French-speaking (francophone) countries, which is going to give us all a little bit of wanderlust!

Finishing our Bastille Day assembly with the Year 6 presentation about les catastrophes de resto (restaurant problems) was a real highlight!

Our Year 6s have been studying different genres of film related to aller au cinéma (going to the cinema) and explaining the reasons for why they like or dislike them. They will research the famous Cannes Film Festival and will be using this knowledge to produce a short film trailer to present.
We will then move on to a unit on La Quoitidienne (Daily Routines), in which the students will practise grammar skills such as verb conjugation and using prepositions. The students will be creating a stop motion animation of their daily routines, narrating over the top. We look forward to launching into this project!

TERM 2 2018

Our Foundation 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, Sur Le Pont d’Avignon. In our French sessions, we sing, draw, play games and practise using all the vocabulary learnt so far. Génial!

This term, our Grade 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. Grade 1’s Bastille Day song is Pirouette, Cacahuète.

Grade 2 students this term have revised the numbers they already know, and have extended 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, Grade 2 students will also be developing skills to talk about their emotions. Our Bastille Day song this year is Mon ane, which has been fun to learn!

This term Grade 3 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 complete matching activities, learn a new song and create a school bag with all our stationery inside. Look out for these being displayed in the Art room when they are finished!

In our next unit we will be translating a French text about the history of Bastille Day. Come and listen to us present this information in our Bastille Day celebrations on Friday 20th July.

In Grade 4 we will be finding out all about les loisirs (leisure activities or hobbies). We will also be learning how to describe our preferences so we can explain which hobbies are our favourites and give reasons for why we enjoy them.

In our next unit we will be exploring the different regions of France delving into each region’s food specialities, traditions, cultural dress and dialect. Come and listen to us present this information in our Bastille Day celebrations on Friday 20th July.

Our Grade 5s will be busy this term writing scripts to give a tour of notre école (our school). We will be learning the names of places around the school with the aim of filming our scripts over the following weeks. Look out for the finished result in our Bastille Day celebrations on Friday 20th July.

In our next unit, we will be 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 book for our Preps explaining how to tell the time through a French version of ‘Quelle heure est-il Monsieur loup?’ (What’s the time Mr Wolf?).

Our first Grade 6 unit will be a project based around les catastrophes de resto (restaurant problems)! We will be recapping the language needed to order items in a French restaurant but also describing something going wrong! I hope there aren’t any flies in our soup!

We will then be creating instructions in order to teach another group of students how to play a French sport or playground game. This will involve researching which sports and games are popular in France; translating instructions from French to English and then producing our other instructions using features such as time openers and imperative verbs.

TERM 1 2018

This term is packed with exciting new areas of learning for all year levels after revisiting what we’ve learnt during previous school years.  We also get to introduce the French language to our Foundation students, which we are very excited about.

Le Tricolore

Le Tricolore

Our Foundation 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!  With these colours and the French flag in mind, the students will create their book covers.

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 Grade 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 say how we are with new feelings, for example, très très bien (very very good).

Class Mission

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 Grade 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.

Ma Famille

Ma Famille

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 Grade 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 Grade 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 Grade 5s will be designing ‘Facebook’ 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 Grade 6s will also be designing ‘Facebook’ 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.

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.