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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.

Bi-lingual Dictionaries

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!                                               

Au revoir!

Madame Wigley




School closes for Christmas on Friday 21st December 2018 and will re-open in the new year on Monday 7th January.

What's On

15/01/2019 - If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 you will need to apply for their infant or primary school place by 15 January 2019. They will eligible to start school in September 2019. You can apply for an infant or primary school place from Monday 12 November 2018 to midnight on 15 January 2018. You can apply through Derbyshire County Councils website.

29/11/2018 - 9.00am meeting for FS1 (Nursery) children starting in January 2019 if you are interested in a place and would like to find out about our EYFS unit please ring the school office, we have limited places for 30 hours funded children.



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