Thames Ditton Infant - French - Progress Report
CLUB THAMES DITTON INFANTS
TEACHER MARGHERITA BRENTEGANI (New starters) and JANE EVANS (continuers Years 1 and 2)
TERM AUTUMN 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. Each week we routinely greet one another and consolidate previously learnt topics. The children also practice asking for a biscuit in French.
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TOPICS COVERED FIRST HALF TERM (JANE’S GROUP – CONTINUERS YRS 1 AND 2)
We started with a warm-up quiz to consolidate the many topics such as food, drink, family and clothes that the children have been covering this year to refresh their memories after the summer holidays.. Those who had travelled to France over the summer holidays enjoyed telling us about their experiences.
This first half term we have concentrated on the topics of Pets and the House.
PETS – Les Animaux de Compagnie
The children learnt le chien (dog), le chat (cat), le lapin (rabbit), le poisson rouge (goldfish), la souris (mouse) and le hamster. Extension vocabulary for advanced pupils was le cochon d’Inde (guinea pig), le perroquet (parrot), le chiot (puppy) and le chaton (kitten). We discussed our pets. Qui a un animal? (Who has a pet?) and the children had the opportunity to tell the group ‘J’ai…’ (I have…) eg. J’ai un chien (I have a dog), il/elle s’appelle…(He/she is called….). We played Jacques a dit (Simon says) and combined actions with different pet vocabulary (eg. Tourne comme un poisson rouge (turn like a goldfish), bois comme un chat (drink like a cat). We played pass the parcel (a bag of toy pets) singing Petit Poisson (p.2 of the song booklet) and whoever had the parcel when the singing stopped got to select a toy from the bag and name it.
HOUSE – La Maison
We moved on to finding out where the pets live – Dans la maison (in the house).
We had fun exploring a toy house belonging to Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Boucle d’Or et les trois ours). The children learnt la porte (door), la fenêtre (window), le mur (wall), le toit (roof) and la cheminée (chimney). Inside we found la table (table), la chaise (chair) and le lit (bed). The children responded to ‘Combien de fenêtres?’ (How many windows?) and counted up in French. They then enjoyed finding the different items in the classroom. Où est la porte? (Where is the door?) Ici! (Here!)
They learnt ouvrez (open) and fermez (shut) and played an action game using parts of the body, the door and window. We finished the topic by combining it with the pets vocabulary we had previously learnt. We played a team game where points could be earnt by naming the pet who was in the house, then more points awarded if the children could build the whole phrase:
Qui est dans la maison? (Who is in the house?) Le chat / le chat est dans la maison (the cat/the cat is in the house)
SONG: Dans sa maison un grand cerf (p.34)
We played the Poison Pumpkin game which the children absolutely loved. They had a choice of coloured pumpkins to pick, to see if they could avoid picking the pumpkin hiding a (pretend) spider underneath. The children got the chance to say the colour of the pumpkin eg. La citrouille rouge (the red pumpkin.
La citrouille – pumpkin, l’araignée – spider, les bonbons – sweets, le gâteau - cake
FOR THE REST OF TERM WE WILL COVER
Rooms of the house and furniture, the garden, Autumn and Winter, Christmas preparations
La chambre (bedroom), la cuisine (kitchen), le séjour (living room), la salle de bains (bathroom), les WC (toilet), le canapé- sofa, la lampe – lamp, le tapis – rug, la télévision – television, le frigo – fridge, le jardin – the garden, l’arbre – tree, l’automne – autumn, l’hiver – winter, Joyeux Noël – Happy Christmas, les cadeaux – presents, le sapin de Noël – Christmas tree.
TOPICS COVERED FIRST HALF TERM (Margherita’s group – beginners)
Introductions: BONJOUR, AU REVOIR, JE M’APPELLE.
Les numeros 1-20. QUEL AGE AS-TU?
Some food: croissant, baguette, fromage, biscuits, chocolat.
Songs: FRERE JACQUES, LA DANCE DES NOMBRES.
FOR THE REST OF TERM WE WILL COVER
The days of the week, the months, the seasons, the weather and Christmas.
SONGS Petit Papa Noël (p. 35), Mon beau sapin (p.35), Vive le Vent (p.36)
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.