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La Belle et la Bête


This half term the chosen topic in Year 6 is La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast).  I have chosen this due to the musical element linked to international day plus the fact it is based in France and has lots of French language in.  We have been looking at the old Disney version and have been working on character descriptions and the use of adjectives and verbs.  This week we will be looking at the most recent version of the film and in particular the book version.  We will also be producing lots of lovely artwork in preparation for international day as well as learn a couple of songs from the film.

World War 2 and Edith Piaf


Last week, children wrote letters in French following on from our Autumn 2 topic about World War 2.  They have been learning about the story of Ralph, the evacuee and his 2 sisters Vera and Daisy who fled London to escape the bombs and moved to the countryside.  These letters will be on display for all to see ready for International Day.  They are really impressive.

Following on from this, we have just started learning about the famous French singer Edith Piaf who was iconic during World War 2.  Children have been learning about her early life, her family and singing career as well as learning one of her most famous songs “Je ne regrette rien.”  Children will be performing this on International Day.

International Day 2018


This year International Day will take place on Friday 16th February.  More details regarding this will follow in due course. The theme this year is on international music and during our weekly singing assemblies, children have started to learn the following songs which they will perform during our special assembly on International Day: –



Bonne année! Lots of exciting new learning in French!


Happy new year to you all!  I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year!  I cannot believe we have been back over a week and so much has been happening already.

As we prepare for International Day which this year takes place on Friday 16th February, the chosen theme is international music and there are lots of exciting projects taking place with a musical French twist so please keep logging on to the French Blog to keep up to date!

Year 1

Children in Year 1 have produced some lovely pictures of music notes using the technique of Pointillism.  We watched a cartoon all about the famous French artist George Seurat who was the pioneer of pointillism.

Year 2

In Year 2, we have just started learning the names of some musical instruments in French.  Quite a lot of the instruments are very similar to English.  Can you work out what these words mean:-

la trompette

la guitare

la clarinette

le triangle

A tricky one to learn is la batterie.  Can you remember what musical instrument this is?

Year 3

In Year 3 we have been learning the names of different types of music in French as well as learning how to give opinions. The children have started some artwork to produce a graffiti style wall which will be used for display for international day.

Can you work out what these mean:-

J’adore la musique classique

J’aime le jazz

Je n’aime pas le reggae

Je déteste l’éléctro

We will also be looking at different French artists performing different genres of music and creating our own mini French fact-file on our own favorite artist/group.

Year 3 Letters from France have arrived!


The children will be so excited to get their long awaited letters this week!  I cannot wait to see their faces!

Year 6 Irregular Verb Plates


To end our unit on irregular verbs, children in Year 6 have made their own irregular verb plates.  They have overwhelmed me with their creative talents and I am sure you will agree they look amazing!

Christmas and the Festival of Kings


In French we have been talking about how Christmas is celebrated in France and making comparisons to the UK.

We have also been discussing the importance of 6th January in France also known as 3 Kings Day/Festival of Kings where it is traditional for families to make a galette (a famous cake made from puff pastry, almond paste and apricot jam).  Inside is placed a charm and the youngest member of the family normally hides under the table and decides who gets which slice.  The person who finds the charm will wear a paper crown and will become king or queen for the day.


FAIREwell cheesy songs!


We have now finished learning about our final irregular verb which is the verb FAIRE meaning to do/make.  It is sad that we are saying FAIREwell to the fabulous cheesy songs we have been listening to over the last few weeks to inject some extra fun into French grammar!  Which one is your favourite?


Talk for writing French style!


Year 3 children used Talk for writing this week to help them learn a French song about ordering food and drink items at the café.  Can you remember the words?

Cheesy songs part 3!


Today in Year 6 we have been learning how to conjugate the irregular verb ETRE meaning TO BE.  Which song is your favourite?


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