BONJOUR ET BIENVENUE À TOUS!
Welcome to the St Thomas’ MFL/French pages. Please follow the link for your year group to find French activities which are targeted for you, but of course you are welcome to take a look at other year pages too! Further down this page you will also find lots of other information which you can access if you wish – including other languages, information about language learning at our school and our fantastic Erasmus+ project!
Year 1/EYFS: SONGS FOR YOUNG LEARNERS…
Madame Taylor and Miss Guerriero really enjoyed working with some Y5 and Y6 pupils earlier this year in a lunchtime Italian Club. They made great progress and learned lots of Italian in a very short time! Hopefully next year we can continue but in the meantime, why not have a go at some of these activities?
ALPHABET You might be interested in the Italian alphabet sounds. Note that there are only 21 original Italian alphabet letters!
LA LETTERA A ….This clip practises using words that start with ‘A’, ‘B’ and so on. There are some you might easily guess; others are very different!
EDUCANDY GAMES: go to www.educandy.com and input the appropriate code:
NUMBERS 0-10: code 56e4
GREETINGS IN ITALIAN: code 56e5
MONTHS IN ITALIAN : code 818e
DAYS OF THE WEEK IN ITALIAN: code b99c
Y5 and Y6: remember you have a Duolingo account and can use this for practising Italian as well as French. If you have forgotten how to log in send Mme Taylor a Dojo message.
ST THOMAS’ ERASMUS+ PROJECT
At St Thomas’ we recently completed our very successful 2 year Erasmus+ Project. Over this time 14 staff benefited from attending training courses in Carcassonne and spent time building our link with the Hélène Boucher School in Toulouse. We will be continuing to use the many resources produced by staff on the course and will be deepening the link with the school in Toulouse.
Please do look at the information below to remind you of the staff involved in the project.
Miss Hartnett and Mrs Boardman went to France in May 2019, then Mrs Gibbs and Mrs Jorgensson were the final staff from St Thomas’ to take part in our two-year Erasmus+ project in June 2019.
Our Erasmus+ project was a fantastic opportunity for staff to research the history of the beautiful town of Carcassonne and to gain a real insight into French culture. While in France teachers worked hard on improving their French and also spent one whole day in our link school in Toulouse where they taught English to some classes and saw what it’s like in a French school! Our pupils prepared lots of material which was taken to France, and we have loved the materials sent back by the French pupils!
PHOTOS FROM EARLIER TRAINING COURSES – can you recognise all the teachers who have been to Carcassonne?
Staff who went to Carcassonne during 2017-2018 are: Miss McCalla and Mrs Gallagher; Miss Loynes and Mrs Follows; Mrs Whitehead and Mrs van Bergen; Mrs Shaw and Mrs Solway; and Mme Taylor and Mr Campen. In addition, Tommy Bear has been on ALL the trips – lucky bear!
EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES SEPTEMBER 2019
In a special assembly on Thursday 26th September we thought about other languages spoken in the world and were amazed at the number of children who speak other languages themselves or know people who do! We also celebrated the many activities which were undertaken by our pupils on Carcassonne Day in June 2019.
Here are some links for learning about other languages:
EDL-animal-cards-all – more animal sounds!
FOREIGN LANGUAGES AT ST THOMAS’
At St Thomas’ we aim to foster a love of learning languages and an appreciation of and respect for other cultures. Pupils are taught French for approximately one hour a week from Y1-Y6 and younger children also learn some French during the school year. In addition we aim to broaden pupils’ knowledge and interest in other languages by occasionally learning a few phrases in different languages.
We follow the DFE KS2 National Curriculum Programme of Study and our curriculum is also guided by the KS2 Framework for Languages. Games and songs play an important role in language learning here at St Thomas’ and we invite you to follow the links included on this website for your own amusement and to deepen your knowledge of French.
Madame Taylor is our specialist MFL teacher and subject lead at St Thomas’. In addition all class teachers are involved in delivering and supporting the teaching of French at our school and Mrs Jorgensson teaches French to Y1.
Please follow the drop-down box links from this page for information pertinent to each year group.
CHRISTMAS AND LA FÊTE DES ROIS
CELEBRATIONS IN FRANCE AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
guess the book french to english For La Journée Mondiale du Livre
MAY DAY AND 8TH MAY
1st May (le premier mai) is both a celebration of working people and the ‘Fête du Muguet’ – festival of lily of the valley (which is a flower).
- It is traditional to give Lily of the Valley on the 1st May. In French, this flower is called “muguet”.
- The flower is believed to bring good luck and smells wonderful!
- On 1st May 1561, the King of France, Charles IX was given “muguet” for good luck. He started the tradition of giving the flower on the same date each year to all the ladies of the court.
8th May (le huit mai) : on this day French people remember the end of the Second World War (la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale). This year in the UK we are also commemorating this special date as it is 75 years since the end of the Second World War, which ended in 1945.
Although 1st May has just passed you might like to mark it in a creative way! Why not make a poster or a card with your own ‘muguet’? This is what it might look like:
You could watch this video to make your own ‘muguet’ in origami:
Or you could watch this video to make ‘muguet’ using pasta!
And here are some more resources which you might like to use!:
Link to Euroclub schools which has lots of information and activities about Easter in France, Italy and Spain
Foufou Spécial Pâques: a fun clip for French children
Easter in Italy – some interesting facts
Make an Italian Easter card! : Biglietto-Pasqua_17
How to make an Italian Easter card – follow the instructions!