French – Madame Wigley
Foreign languages at Hady
French is taught in dedicated lessons from Year 1 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:
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!
Around 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. Whilst circumstances this year made it difficult to deliver the dance session we did however manage to journey to 4 countries. We had fun acting out and listening to a Spanish ‘nonsense’ song ‘De Codin de Codan’ and we mastered the Spanish hand clapping rhyme ‘Chocolate’. We recreated the famous ‘Water Lilies’ a work of art by the French artist Claude Monet and explored the culture of Norway, ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’. However, as always, the children couldn’t wait to make & taste their own ‘cold pizzas’, having practised saying all the ingredients in Italian first. 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 (and sometimes in Italian) at St Mary and All Saints Church, Chesterfield, at the Christmas carol service. We are hoping to bring you something similar this year in a different format.
Whilst this year’s trip will not go ahead due to the current circumstances we are looking forward to the time when the annual Y6 trip to France resumes. It’s a marvellous opportunity for children to spend a week in a French ‘château’ putting their French language skills to the test. Cultural day trips and fun activities are organised along with visits to historical sites of interest. It’s organised by our partner school, Hasland Junior School, and has proved to be a real success with our Year 6.
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!
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ATTENTION PROSPECTIVE PARENTS FOR RECEPTION SEPTEMBER 2021
Due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we are not able to offer our traditional open morning for propsective parents and pupils of our Reception class for September 2021. Instead, we are working on putting together a virtual tour and introduction to our school and our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit. When it has been completed, we will post it to our Early Years Foundation Stage page on the website, which can be found under the 'Our School' tab.
We are also hosting a virtual Question and Answer session for prospective parents via Google Meet. The meeting will be held at 2:30pm on Thursday, 12th November and can be accessed via this link: meet.google.com/abi-hiqp-vfp
23/10/2020 - Break up for half term
02/11/2020 - INSET DAY
03/11/2020 - INSET DAY