French in Junior School Spring Term

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French in Junior School, Spring Term

Last term, the Year 3 and 4 boys explored different ways of cultivating their knowledge of French language and culture. Spoken French was given a dramatic twist at the beginning of term, with a wonderful live performance of Le Petit Chaperon Rouge  (Little Red Riding Hood ) and Jacques et Les Haricots Magiques (Jack and the Beanstalk). The acting skills and fluency of our native French presenter Bethany, from the Freshwater Theatre Company, brought these plays to life. The boys were able to follow every part of the action and listened engrossed to a whole hour of French, also relishing the opportunity to participate by becoming a beanstalk, the wolf and Grandma, as the scene required! Practising oral skills is a key part of our work in the classroom too. We made a video of Year 3 boys asking and answering questions about their family, to support their topic of ‘La Famille’ this term.  They loved being the stars and were confident speakers, realising the importance of having a go! In Year 4, the boys’ work on the topic of La Nourriture (Food) has fired their enthusiasm for French cuisine. Crêpe making and flipping have featured in their entertaining videos to mark La Chandeleur, the Gallic equivalent of Pancake Day. French art has also inspired the boys, who created their own versions of Matisse’s Greta Moll painting and Blue Nude collage.

Mrs Woolley, Junior School Teacher