Cardinal Newman - French - Progress Report
CLUB - Cardinal Newman
TEACHER – Jane Evans
TERM – Spring Term 2020
Learning a language is a lifelong commitment.
Our aim is to ensure children understand and learn to love the culture of France primarily and to gain
good listening and speaking skills which will hold them in good stead for the rest of their life.
French cultural festivals are introduced through lively role play, games, bingos, songs and activities to
make them enjoyable and memorable.
It is a pleasure to teach your children and I hope they enjoy it as much as we do. If you have specific
questions, please send an email to email@example.com
TOPICS COVERED FIRST HALF TERM
Festival of the Kings We started with a celebration of La Fête des Rois which celebrates the day the
Three Kings brought presents to baby Jesus. We played a game to represent the sharing of the special
cake (la galette) to see who would be the finder of la fève (a little chocolate) inside and get to wear la
couronne (the crown) and call themselves le roi (king) or la reine (queen) for the day. Beatrice was the
lucky winner. The children loved making their own crowns. SONG: J’aime la galette (p. 24 in Song book)
Left and Right (A droite, à gauche) We learnt a fun clapping song in which we used different left and right
parts of the body – eg. La main (hand), le pied (foot), l’oreille (ear), la main droite (right hand), la main
gauche (left hand).
The children also loved playing Twister in French, practicing colours and body parts.
We learnt some animals and then moved around the room following different directions to locate each
animal, then name it and played some miming and action games.
Le poisson (fish), le crocodile (crocodile), la souris (mouse), le singe (monkey), le cheval (horse), la
SONG: Tiens, voilà main droite (p.23), le Petit Train
On, under, in front, behind (Sur, sous, devant, derrière)
We learnt the action song (p. 32) to help us remember the positions and then used our puppet Hugo to
work out where he was sitting.
Hugo est (Hugo is) … (sur/sous/devant/derrière – on/under/in front of/behind) la chaise (chair).
The children worked hard to build up phrases and earn points for their team – they did really well!
Forwards, backwards (En avant, en arrière)
The children paired up and made each other move like robots by issuing instructions such as:
Trois pas en avant, deux pas à gauche, un pas en arrière (3 steps forwards, 2 steps left, 1 step back) We
re-introduced the animals that we had learnt earlier to name them when the robot reached them. They
played a ball game (‘Passe la balle…’) in which instructions were given to pass the ball in different
directions, the last person to get the ball then had to disguise their voice and have their identity guessed
by the instruction giver. The children loved playing this game.
FOR THE REST OF TERM WE WILL COVER
Premier, deuxième, troisième (first, second, third) and all the following festivals:
Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday), La fête des mères (Mother’s Day), Pâques (Easter)
La crêpe (pancake), lance la crêpe! (toss the pancake!), la farine (flour), les oeufs (eggs), Bonne fête
maman! – happy mother’s day!, les fleurs (flowers), les chocolats (chocolates), un oeuf de Pâques en
chocolat (chocolate Easter egg), le panier (basket), le lapin (rabbit), Joyeuses Pâques! Happy Easter!
SONGS: Une maman ça aime énormément (p.13), Si tu aimes ta maman…
ALL TERM DATES AND REPORTS 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.