Thames Ditton Infant - French - Progress Report
CLUB THAMES DITTON INFANTS FRENCH
TEACHERS JANE EVANS Beginners and new Year 1’s
CAROLINE MEARES Year one and 2
TERM SPRING 2019
Our aim is to ensure children understand and learn to love the culture of France and to gain good
listening and speaking skills. We use lively role play, games, bingos, songs and activities to make
French culture both enjoyable and memorable.
It is a pleasure to teach your children and we hope they enjoy the lessons as much as we do. If you
have specific questions, please see us after the club or send an email to email@example.com
New pupils have settled into the routine very well this term and are participating confidently.
TOPICS COVERED FIRST HALF TERM – RECEPTION and new YEAR 1s (JANE’S
FESTIVAL OF THE KINGS (la Fête des Rois)
We started with a celebration of the Epiphany festival of ‘la Fête des Rois’ which marks the day the
Three Kings brought presents to baby Jesus. We shared a special cake (la galette) and crowned Grace
the Queen as she was the lucky finder of the hidden chocolate (la fève). The children all made their
La couronne – the crown le roi- the king la reine – the queen Bonne Année – Happy New Year
Song: J’aime la galette (a variation on p.24 J’aime la baguette)
FOOD AND DRINK The children learnt how to make a typical French sandwich using play food and
practiced a fun miming game to memorise the words. They learnt some drinks, then moved on to
breakfast in France (le petit déjeuner). They listened to a story about Monsieur Pouce (Mr Thumb).
The children had great fun joining in with the words, encouraging him to come out of his house and
say hello. They loved doing this and ask each week if they can tell the story again. Each week they
practice asking politely for a biscuit to eat.
Je mange – I eat, la baguette – baguette loaf, le beurre – butter, le jambon – ham, le fromage -
cheese, la tomate – tomato, la salade - lettuce.
Je bois – I drink, le café- coffee, le chocolat chaud – hot chocolate, le lait – milk, le coca – coca cola,
le jus d’orange – orange juice, de l’eau – water.
Le croissant – croissant, le beurre – butter, la confiture – jam, les céréales - cereal
Un biscuit, s’il vous plait. Merci! A biscuit, please. Thank you!
Song: J’aime la baguette (p.24), Monsieur Pouce (p.7), J’ai du chocolat (p.27)
LIKES AND DISLIKES We practiced expressing our likes and dislikes using the food and drink
vocabulary we have previously learnt, together with some new words.
Les bonbons – sweets, la glace – ice cream, J’aime – I like, Je n’aime pas – I don’t like, j’aime la glace
– I like ice cream, je n’aime pas le fromage – I don’t like cheese.
REVISION Each week we continue to practice counting, greetings and reinforcing colours, actions
and previously learnt topics.
FOR THE REST OF TERM JANE’S GROUP WILL COVER
Family, Mardi Gras, Mother’s Day and Easter. We will continue to consolidate and reinforce all
previously learnt topics.
Maman (Mummy), Papa (Daddy), la soeur (sister), le frère (brother), la grand-mère/mamie
(grandmother/granny), le grand-père/papy (grandfather/grandpa)
la crêpe (pancake), la farine (flour), l’œuf (egg), Je t’aime Maman (I love you, Mum), Pâques (Easter),
un œuf de Pâques (Easter egg), le lapin (rabbit)
SONGS : Une maman ça aime énormément (p.13)
TOPICS COVERED FIRST HALF TERM – YEAR 1 and Year 2 (CAROLINE’S GROUP)
TOPIC THEMES – Place Settings and Classroom items
We started off this by learning about place settings and covered : le verre (glass), l’assiette
(plate), la fourchette (fork), le couteau (knife), la cuillère (spoon) and la serviette (serviette).
We then looked at some of the food we might eat in a restaurant and role-played being in a
restaurant and ordering food and drinks. We learnt les carrottes (carrots), le poisson (fish), la
glace (ice cream), le poulet (chicken), les petits pois (peas), le steak (steak), le fromage (cheese),
le riz (rice), le jus d’orange, limonade (lemonade), de l’eau (water).
Next we moved on to school and learnt vocab for the classroom/school bag - le cartable (backpack),
la trousse (pencil case), le crayon (pencil), le stylo (pen), le cahier (exercise book), trombone (paper
clip), la gomme (rubber), la colle (glue) and la règle (ruler).
FOR THE REST OF THE TERM WE WILL COVER – YEAR 1 and 2
We will start off the half term looking at pancake day/Mardi Gras. We will learn pancake
ingredients – sucre (sugar), les œufs (eggs), la farine (flour), le lait (flour), le sel (salt), la
beurre (butter), de l’eau (water) and l’huile (oil).
Next we will revise family members and learn some new ones - La famille. Le père (father), la
mère (mother), le grand-père (grandfather), la grand-mère (grandmother), l’oncle (uncle), la
tante (aunt), le/a cousin(e), le frère (brother), la sœur (sister), le fils (son), la fille (daughter).
We will also look at Mothers’ Day and Easter (Pâques) and how it is celebrated in France.
We will also continue to review and build on the topics covered this term.
SONGS : Une maman ça aime énormément (p.13)
ALL TERM DATES, REPORTS AND PRESENTATION DATES ARE ON THE WEBSITE
www.childrensclubs.com. Please remember that we expect half a term’s notice if you are not
continuing. We look forward to seeing you next term to continue your lifelong journey in French.