Monday 31 March 2014

Les cloches volantes (the flying bells)

I put a link on twitter this morning regarding a resource I uploaded on the TES website.


This is a simple story to explain the legend of the ‘flying bells'.

On Good Friday it is thought that church bells fly to Rome to be blessed by the Pope and on their way back to France on Easter Sunday they drop chocolate eggs in the gardens. Children go on Easter egg hunt in the garden on Sunday morning.

This story is intended for KS1/KS2 and is great to recap days of the week and simple statements: voici (here is..) ; je suis ( I am…)
Children can join in the story, act is out, etc.

After telling the story, you can have your own Easter egg/bell hunt in the classroom using simple instructions.

Finally, let the children decorate their own bell and hang them with a piece of string – there you have your own ‘flying bell’ !

In Year 4, I’m also going to have a go at letting the children in groups re-telling the story, in a puppet style show, using the pictures and then making a film of it.

Key vocabulary
Good Friday = vendredi Saint
Easter Sunday = le dimanche de Paques
Easter egg hunt = la chasse aux oeufs de Paques
The bells = les cloches.
Merci les cloches! = Thank you bells! 

Tuesday 18 March 2014

3 new ideas

1) J’ai…. Qui a… ? (I have… Who has… ?)
I came across this resource on the Internet whilst looking for (yet) other, new ideas for teaching and practicing numbers to 20 in French.  It’s from a French Canadian blog : les créations de Stéphanie.

Each child has a card – for example ‘J’ai 12 qui a 21?’ They have to listen to one another and continue the chain. A little bit like ‘follow me’ cards. It would work with any topic but I think it lends itself really well to practice numbers ( from looking at the digit to saying the word)
Depending on the ability of the class you could have 1 card between 2 or 2 cards per person.

Here is the link to the PDF.

2) 'Anticoloriage' ( coloriage = colouring )
This is from French blog ('bout de gomme') to get children to be more creative when colouring a picture or making a poster. Instead, you have to imagine, draw and describe your picture.

Again, you could adapt this for a wide range of topics. 
Download the whole file here

3) Displays and word mats
As a ‘visiting’ teacher I haven’t got a classroom and I often wish there would be a display with numbers and colours in every classroom that I teach…

So I searched the Internet for some word mats and I found some really nice ones on the 'twinkl' website which I’m going to laminate.
Anyway, I’ve put them in a handy file, which you’re more than welcome to download here.

I’ve also put in there some posters (numbers, colours and months for birthday) that you could use for display.