Numbers in French and dictionary skills to support the writing of poetry

Once again I have really enjoyed my lessons this week!

I only had one Spanish lesson at St Mary's and was more or less doing the same with my Y5 as I did with Y3 and Y4 last week. If you missed my ideas on how to use inflatable microphones to encourage speaking and blindfolds to memorise whereabouts in Spain place are, please check it out here. It was successful again!

I am now teaching my Y6 pupils (including my own bilingual daughter ha) French as that is the language which they will all be studying in Y7. I have contacted the head of languages at their future secondary school to check what they would like me to ensure I covered but as I have yet to receive a reply I decided to focus on numbers. We counted and played with flashcards but also with Clare Seccombe's number triangles which you can download here or I have attached the document to this blog. They are particularly challenging for older pupils. We also used 2 other sheets from the great Light Bulb Languages website, also attached. Of course we also played loto. All of this in just 45 minutes!!

At Roseberry, after finding out last week that the children were having poetry competitions I just had to join in!! I took my favourite French poetry book (a very old one!) to school to show them then recited my favourite poem to them: La Flute de Jean Richepin. Then to build on their dictionary skills I got them to write some "Bonjour/au revoir" poems. I got the idea on the facebook page Languages in Primary Schools but can't remember whose it was, sorry! The children had to think of opposite words, eg day/night, look them up and write lines like: Bonjour le jour, au revoir la nuit! With the younger pupils, I said they could have things they liked and things they didn't like. My favourite moment was when a Y3 girl looked up the English word "sandwich". When she was offered the French equivalent, "sandwich", she was clearly disappointed as she said: "Well, I'll have to look for another word then!" At the same time a boy sitting next to her thought it was great and declared: "French is so easy!" I was going to use some of Suzi Bewell's ideas from here but in the half hour which I have with each class one activity was plenty! I loved the poems and so did the pupils!

Finally how have I not included my work at Shotley Bridge Nursery before in these blogs?! This week it was our second "PE in French" lesson outdoors; the weather was kinder to us this time! We practised "carton jaune" and "carton rouge" (I had made enough cards o each child had one of each). Afterwards, we warmed up practising our instructions (eg courrez, sautez, which we had done before). Then we revised our colours with cones (children can run to a cone of the colour you say in French) before we split the group in 2 and gave them a number in French each. The 2 children with the same number had to race against each other to get the ball and try to score a goal. If they were successful, we all shouted "but!"! It was a lot of fun but note to self: do not give cones to small children for them to hold as they have far too much fun with them (putting them on their heads etc) to listen to you!!

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