Bonjour!

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).

Bastille Day

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.

What?

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.

How?

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?

Le Tricolore

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 chestnut@ladywood.bolton.sch.uk

 

Au revoir à bientôt

Jenny and Sharon

Les Fruits

Bonjour!

This week’s French blog is going to focus on fruits. When we are learning French words we like to practice them in lots of different ways. Here are some ideas for practicing 4 key fruits.

Try listening to this song to help get you started.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ03KjwiIVM

 

We like to use real objects when learning new words. First we are going to practice listening to the names of the fruits spoken in French. Listen carefully as each word is spoken.

 

Why not join us and make a fruit kebab? Can you find the correct fruit as it is spoken then thread it onto your kebab?

 

Now practice saying the words as you choose the fruits to make your own kebabs.

 

Once you have made your kebab you could draw or make a picture showing it. Here are some pictures which you could print if you have access to a printer.

Why not try writing the words in French like this …

 

If you haven’t got these fruits at home perhaps you could use any fruits you do have – here are some of the other fruit names in French.

 

If you don’t have any fruit or don’t like fruit you could always draw or make a picture showing a fruit kebab and practice saying and/or writing the words.

We hope you have enjoyed learning some French fruit names. Please comment below to let us know if you made a kebab or email pictures to chestnut@ladywood.bolton.sch.uk.

Au Revoir

Jenny and Sharon (MFL team)

Bonjour!

Bienvenue du personnel de MFL!

Welcome from the MFL team!

All of our KS2 classes enjoy learning French. We listen to and learn some words in French and, as we learn more, we might join these into simple sentences.

We start with words like “Bonjour” and “Au revoir”.

Here is a little song to help with these words.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0a4jv-h4Ro

We also enjoy learning about France as a country and the culture of France.

In Paris, the capital city of France, there is a big tall tower … does anyone know what this is called?

That’s right the Eiffel Tower.

Have you visited the Eiffel Tower? If you have we’d love to see some photos.

Did you know …

  • The Eiffel Tower was originally built as the entrance arch for the World’s Fair in 1889.
  • It is named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company was in charge of the project.
  • The Eiffel Tower is 320 metres (1050 feet) in height and was the tallest man made structure in the world for 41 years before being surpassed by the Chrysler Building in New York.

Can you find out any more interesting facts?

We would like you to have a go at creating your own model or image of the Eiffel Tower. Here are some ideas we have created at home.

You can create your Eiffel Tower out of anything you like indoor or outdoors. Why not write a label for it and some of the interesting facts you have found too?

Please email your creations to friendsofladywood@ladywood.bolton.sch.uk as we would love to see them.

Take care from Sharon and Jenny

Au revoir, à bientôt