Circle of life

Learning French through Science gives a relevant context, making learning more meaningful and memorable. In this topic, pupils explore habitats, food chains and life cycles, all in French and in a range of fun ways. Children also will delight in using habitat spinners, science puzzles and food chain flips to rapidly broaden their vocabulary and give them a deeper understanding of sentence structures

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Lesson 1: French animal nouns and sounds

Children learn to use a bilingual dictionary to look up English nouns, identify the correct French noun and notice whether it is masculine or feminine. Using these dictionary skills, the children learn new animal vocabulary and sort according to gender, allocating the appropriate indirect article.

Lesson 2: French habitats

Children learn to use the correct form of the definite article, le, la, l' in relation to animal nouns, and then how to create a negative statement using ne and pas in the context of habitats where animals live; they practise their knowledge using sentence spinners and fastest finger games.

Lesson 3: Life cycle French detectives

Language detective skills are important for learning any language and pupils practise these skills, using their science knowledge to solve language problems in an entirely unfamiliar language.

Lesson 4: French food chains

Using cognates, animal vocabulary from the unit and their own science knowledge, children use the plural direct article - les, and build noun - verb - noun sentences to describe food chains.

Lesson 5: French food chain flips

Revising how to make negative statements, and all the vocabulary learned in the unit, the children make food chain flips to describe food chains, showcasing the language skills they have learned in Year 3 and their scientific knowledge.