Bonne Année!  Years 1 and 2 started the new year by enjoying a taste of a traditional Epiphany cake from France: une Galette des Rois (à la pomme) rather than with the traditional frangipane filling inside the filo pastry tart.  As is the custom, the youngest child sits underneath the table and calls out a guest’s name.  That person then receives a slice of galette and the one with the “fève” (charm) wears the “couronne” (crown).

Reception are in fine voice and recalled colours, animals, numbers and songs such as “Jean Petit, qui danse” and “La tête, les épaules, les genoux et les pieds”.  We shall be adding to the repertoire with seasonal weather expressions and learning to recognise their birthday month.

Years 3 and 4 are busy working with Madame Hawtin, singing songs, speaking simple phrases in French and in pairs asking and answering questions.  Year 4 children are learning to describe their pets, their siblings, (using adjectives and learning some grammar) and will then will learn to say what leisure activities they enjoy.  Year 3 have been learning to describe zoo animals and will progress to say what the weather is like and what clothes they wear in different seasons.

Year 5 pupils are building on their knowledge of how to describe the rooms and floors in their homes to describing furniture and other household items, colour and whereabouts items are to be found.  They will express simple opinions, descriptions and use prepositions.

Year 6 are taking the theme of “Chez Moi” further and learning how to describe their home town or village, giving simple opinions and asking and giving directions.  They will learn what attractions there are in some French towns and learn simple role plays for shopping.

The curriculum theme for Year 7 this term is Planet Earth, so in French the topic is “Mon Environnement”.  La géographie de la France: les fleuves, les villes indistrielles, historiques, touristiques, les ports de pêche, les départements, les mers et les mongagnes où on peut faire du ski ou des randonnées.  They will revise the perfect tense and add the imperfect and conditional to describe where they live (chez moi).  After the February mid-term tests, they will move on to discover the wider French speaking world – “les pays francophones”.

Year 8 are preparing for scholarships, CASE or CE exams, all of which require a degree of rigour in learning vocabulary and making sure they understand the formation of tenses to express the present, future, conditional and past.  All pupils require an ability to listen carefully, speak more confidently, read accurately and write coherently!  Revise little and often with attention to detail and do your best!  Bonne chance!

Jane Austin