In a French classroom
This unit introduces the imperative mood with classroom commands and the concept of noun gender, which determines the form of the indefinite article to be used. The children learn to respond to and give simple instructions, learn and use vocabulary for items commonly found in a school bag, and begin to build simple sentences using, 'I have a ...' and 'I don't have a...' constructions and simple connectives, 'and' and 'but' . By the end of the unit, the children use all they have learned, including rules on adjectival position, to write short descriptions in French and to give a presentation on what is in their school bag.
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Lesson 1: Follow the French teacher
Children learn to recognise the imperative mood by learning common classroom instructions through games including, 'Répétez si c'est vrai', Kim's game, a word and action matching game and 'Jacques a dit !' - the French version of ‘Simon says’; they also consider some of the differences between schools in the UK and schools in France.
Lesson 4: School bag French detectives
With a focus on the written word, pupils read descriptions of school bag items, matching them to the correct images and noting the plural form of the nouns. They then design and write sentences about the contents of an imagined school bag, using the appropriate article and plural noun endings.