Tomorrow is Bastille day and the Tour de France is in full swing. Charles Dickens Primary School today celebrated all that is great about France and spent a whole day learning more about French culture. Everyone tried very hard to practice their French speaking and listening skills. We were also lucky enough to welcome two extra children ( the French cousins of Louis and Amelie) who joined us for the (perfect) day and gave the children extra motivation with their French speaking.
Here are a few pictures from the start of their busy day!
Read below to find out a little more about what we all learnt!
All the younger children spent some time contributing to the enormous ‘VIVE LA FRANCE’ and ‘BASTILLE DAY” with collage and decoration. They all took part part into an Eiffel Tower making competition. Lots of classes interviewed very nice French ladies called Fatima and Valérie; they asked them about life in France. It was so interesting learning how French people live !
Year 1 and 2 played a French playground game and made love locks at the end of the day, writing about what we liked best about our French Day!
Reception were prevented from taking part into our mini Tour de France by the rain so this will be happening on Friday morning on our little bikes!
Key Stage 2 also had great French Day. First thing in the morning they decorated buntings and hung them in our classes. Then they took part into 5 different activities: they learnt about Bastille Day with Mr Oxenham and Ms Alcock by playing by a board game – each child was a character (commoner, someone from the clergy or someone from the nobility). The children soon realised how unfair life was at the time when when they had to pay in taxes to both he clergy and nobility! Not fun!
They also learnt about French singers with Miss Rhys-Evans, playing a memory game with vinyl and QR codes to swipe, songs to listen to and facts to read and match.
They rode the Paris metro in Barnaby class with Mr Windle, going from landmark to landmark, learning about all the treasures Paris has to offer! They also learnt about the Francophone countries with Mr Huxley – the countries’ languages and currency, their national dish and their flag. They designed their own flags from Francophone countries with Mr Vanson. With their class teachers there was a chance to take part in a quiz on the Tour de France, watching a very interesting video and answering questions.
Finally, they played boules or petanque, French playground games and wrote on our ‘love locks’ at the end of the day what we loved the most about out French Day!
As if that wasn’t enough, a little group of children came to watch the movie Ernest et Célestine at the end of the day, they really enjoyed watching the movie in French.