Orchard - Monday - French - Progress Report
Club: The Orchard school 14 th February 2020
PROGRESS REPORT – FIRST HALF OF TERM
GROUP: Years 1 and 2
THEMES: La Galette des Rois, Fruits (in particular apples), Garden mini beasts, Birds
Our focus this term has been to explore food and nature in France. We began by the traditional Galette des Rois celebration at
Epiphany, learning the vocabulary for making a galette (les amandes, le sucre, le beurre…) as well as for the game surrounding it (la
fève, la couronne…). We also learnt the catchy comptine ‘J’aime la Galette.’
While looking at fruits we used words relating to preferences in French (Mon fruit préféré, Moi, j’aime…) as well as learning as wide
a vocabulary as we could for the different fruits, using memory games and props to help retain the information. We also learnt the
song ‘Pomme, Pêche, Poire, Abricot’ and developed it into games in the playground.
Expanding on our theme, we looked at the names of fruit trees in French (le pommier, le poirier etc), singing the song ‘Il y une Pie
dans le Poirier’, and thought about the different insects we could find in the garden (la limace, l’escargot, la fourmis). We went on a
hunt for mini beasts in the school grounds and sang the action songs ‘Camille la Chenille’ and ‘Petit Escargot’. Whilst playing and
singing outside the children have also used their imagination to develop their own French-speaking games, and we have practiced
counting and looking/finding verbs playing hide and seek, Cache-cache.
The children have made a lot of progress with their listening and following this half of term with games including Jacques a dit
(Simon says) and Trois Petits Chats.
Teachers: Grace Venkatasawmy
Term: Half term (Feb 2020)
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 hope they enjoy as much as we do. If you have specific
questions, please see us after the club or send an email to email@example.com
We start the lessons learning/ revising greetings and basic polite words :
“Bonjour” (Hello), “Comment ça va?” (How are you?), “ça va bien” (I am fine), “ça va mal” (I am
not good), “ça va comme ci, comme ça” (so so), Comment t'appelles-tu ? (What is your name),
Je m'appelle …. (My name is), au revoir (goodbye) and merci (thank you)
We learnt a lot of new vocabulary with the help of songs :-
“J’aime la baguette” : _ J’aime/je n’aime pas (I like/I don’t like), baguette, beurre (butter), fromage (cheese),
jambon (ham), tomate, salade.
“L’arc-en-ciel” : Help reinforce the colours - (Rouge-red, orange, jaune -yellow, vert-green, bleu, violet et
We had a session on “La galette des rois”- the kings’ cake, la galette (cake), le roi/la reine (the
king/queen), la fève - the trinket inside the galette.
We are working on body parts (tête - head, épaules - shoulders, genoux- knees, piers - feet, les yeux -
eyes, le nez - nose, la bouche - mouth, les oreilles - ears, )
We also learnt the song “Frère Jacques”
For the rest of the term we work will on the following “The Carnival”, les crêpes (pancakes), Mothers
day, Easter and the weather.