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. 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.
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 2020, when children will be given the opportunity to spend a week in a château, putting their French language skills to the test. This is a wonderful opportunity that is organised alongside one of our cluster schools, Hasland Junior School, and which proved to be highly successful in previous years.
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 that has taken place at home or on holiday. Please feel free to send your child with photos, books or indeed anything else which has a connection to all things FRENCH!
Changes are afoot in our EYFS unit! We are excited to announce that from September, we will have a separate nursery alongside two smaller Reception classes. We have had so much interest in nursery places this year that we have not been able to accommodate everyone’s wishes for extra hours or morning vs afternoon sessions. This has resulted in disappointment for some families and in other families being unable to attend our nursery as planned. A designated nursery class from September will allow us to offer a mix of full and part time places, up to about 12 full time and 28 part time.
14/01/2020 - Panto in school: Beauty and the Beast
15/01/2020 - Career Day - open afternoon from 2pm
16/01/2020 - Special meal day (sandwiches invited to book a dinner)
21/01/2020 - Swimming starts - Howden class
05/02/2020 - Try a meal with your child (parents invited to dinner) followed by Online Safety Open Afternoon (2pm)
17/02/2020 - HALF TERM
24/02/2020 - INSET DAY