French – Madame Wigley
Foreign languages at Hady
French is taught in dedicated lessons from EYFS to Year 6 by a specialist languages teacher, Madame Wigley (that’s me!) Lessons are practical with the focus on speaking and listening. They have elements of role-play, singing & dancing, games & videos and are often taught using kinaesthetic resources in group or paired work.
Here’s a summary of what is covered in each year group:
EYFS Songs, action rhymes, videos & playground games
Year 1: Greetings, colours, numbers 1-20 & days of the week. Asking and answering questions about name & age.
Year 2: Family members, numbers 20-40, alphabet and traditional French breakfast foods.
Years 3-4: We follow the Rigolo 1 interactive scheme of work which covers classroom & household items, descriptions of self & others, snacks, months, dates, on the hour time, activities, directions, weather, francophone countries and clothes.
Years 5-6: We follow the Rigolo 2 interactive scheme of work which covers school subjects & opinions, time to every quarter of an hour, food and flavours, places in town, holiday plans & activities and café role-plays.
Exciting language events!
On September 26th each year we celebrate ‘The European Day of Languages’, devoting a whole day to a carousel of 5 activities designed to raise the profile and importance of language learning. We celebrate the language, art, culture, dance and food of 5 different countries. This year we had fun singing Spanish songs about hot chocolate, recreating a work of art by the Dutch artist, Piet Mondrian, exploring the ‘Land of Fire & Ice’, Iceland, learning how to perform the Greek Sirtaki dance (‘Zorba the Greek’) and tasting traditional French breakfast. This year we were delighted to welcome many of our parents who also took part in the activities during the afternoon. By the end of the day our children had produced some fantastic booklets to take home! Some highlights are shown above.
In December each year, all children sing carols in French at St Mary and All Saints Church, Chesterfield, at the Christmas carol service.
We are also very excited about the next Y6 trip to France, in June 2019, when children will be given the opportunity to spend a week in a French ‘château’ putting their French language skills to the test. This is a wonderful opportunity which is organised by our partner school, Hasland Junior School, and which proved to be highly successful last year.
We use bi-lingual French/English dictionaries in class from the end of Year 2 onwards and children often ask me for the name of the dictionary we use. It is NOT necessary for your child to have a French dictionary at home however these are the details of the dictionary we use in school. It’s an age appropriate dictionary in colour with illustrations. Collins Primary Illustrated French Dictionary
News from home
In class, we love discussing any experiences of France or French learning which has taken place at home or on holiday. Please feel free to send your child in with photos, books or indeed anything else which has a connection to all things FRENCH!
School breaks up on 24th May 2019 and re-opens 3rd June 2019. No children in school on 21st June 2019 as we have an Inset day.