Lesson 5: Celebrating a French birthday

After receiving an invitation to a class birthday party, children learn about the similarities and differences between traditional birthday celebrations in France and England and conclude the topic by singing Joyeux Anniversaire (Happy Birthday) and eating le gâteau (cake)

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To learn about the similarities and differences between traditional birthday celebrations in France and England

 

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • Broaden their vocabulary and develop ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary

 

KS2 Framework

  • Write simple words and phrases using a model (L 4.3)
  • Learn about festivals and celebrations in different cultures, learn how children of different cultures celebrate special days, identify similarities and differences, learn simple phrases to celebrate festivals (IU 4.1)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • During the year, sing the French version of Happy Birthday for children’s birthdays
  • Create a French birthday card for Teddy
  • Consider setting up a link school in France through the Link: ‘The Community for Schools in Europe – etwinning’ website that your teddy could visit  – you literally send him in the post!

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding

Vocabulary

Created by:
Simone Haughey,  
Languages specialist
Previously a generalist Primary teacher for 12 years, Simone now specialises in Languages. She is MFL Consultant and Languages Teacher at Robin Hood Primary. Her work with Mandarin Chinese led to the IoE Confucius Institute for Schools awarding her school with Confucius…
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