Hello from the French team.
Today in our French blog we are going to learn about a special day called Bastille Day and also the French flag (Le Tricolore).
Where and When?
Bastille Day is celebrated in France, as well as by French people all around the world. Bastille Day is held every year on 14th July and it was declared as the French National Day in 1880.
This day remembers the end of the French monarchy and the beginning of the French Revolution. On 14th July 1789 a large group of people in France rebelled against their king and queen.
Today people celebrate by coming together to have a party where they watch parades, enjoy banquets and join in with dancing. There are also lots of fireworks displays on Bastille Eve and Bastille Day.
There are special parades to celebrate Bastille Day. Here are some pictures of the Bastille Day parade in Paris
People enjoy having parties in their streets and gardens and in parks. Here are some pictures of decorations ready for parties for Bastille Day.
Here are some children and adults ready for their celebrations.
What do you notice about the pictures?
They all have blue (bleu), white (blanc) and red (rouge) in them but why?
Bleu, blanc and rouge are the colours of the French Flag – Le Tricolore. Le Tricolore means ‘3 colours’ – what a good name for the flag.
Bleu Blanc Rouge
Listen to this song – can you hear the words “Le Tricolore” “bleu” “blanc” “rouge”?
Try listening again and joining in with the words.
People wave flags and use them to decorate the streets and their homes for Bastille Day.
To help you learn the colours and the name of the flag you could explore the colours and practise saying and hearing the colours through sensory activities.
Why not make a flag and practise saying and hearing the colours as you do.
You could paint one …
Collage one …
Or make one from coloured paper …
Here is a blank template if you would like to print one out
Don’t forget to listen to and/or say the colours as you make your flag.
Now you’ve made some decorations perhaps you could have a little party and join in the celebrations for Bastille Day. You could find out about foods which people might eat at parties and listen to some French music.
We hope you have enjoyed learning a little about Bastille Day and Le Tricolore. Please remember to send us some photographs of your flags and some videos of you practicing the colours in French as we love to see your learning. Please email these to firstname.lastname@example.org
Au revoir à bientôt
Jenny and Sharon