Following the success of the French themed snack trolley at John Muir Campus earlier in the year it is back! Brioche and pain au chocolat will be available priced 20p each in addition to the usual snack trolley items on Tuesday 23rd May. Our French puppets Jacques and Lucette showed what will be for sale at assembly this morning.
Shortly the children in Primary 1 will be learning the days of the week in French. The clip below will help them learn the seven new words.
Sheilagh Fallon (PT Modern Languages, Dunbar Grammar School) and Jo Scott (P6 and P7 Languages Teacher at Lochend Campus) delivered French vocabulary training for P1 and P2 parents and our support staff this afternoon. The workshop was very successful and we plan to run more workshops in the future as we support our children in their French learning.
On Wednesday 26 April 2017 there will be a French workshop for P1 and P2 parents at 2pm, John Muir Campus. You will learn how to say simple greetings, colour names, numbers etc so you can support you child’s learning at home. Look out for the reply slip in you child’s bag tonight which should be returned to school by Monday 24 April 2017. With thanks to Sheilagh Fallon, Principal Teacher of Languages at Dunbar Grammar School who will be leading the session.
The primary two children continue to build on their French vocabulary work from primary one and next term will learn the names of body parts in French. They will use this song:
The children continue to work really hard on acquiring French vocabulary and next term will learn the names of fruits in French. This cartoon will certainly help!
The children in Primary 1 and 2 will be learning about how children celebrate April Fool’s Day in France ‘Poisson d’avril’ next week. Unfortunately they are on holiday on the actual day – 1st April. Children in France make little fish which they attach secretly to their friend’s backs. Chocolate fish are exchanged as gifts. The link below is a lovely little cartoon where popular French character T’choupi celebrates this tradition.
Some inspiration for our younger learners starting out on their language learning journey …
Top 10 reasons to study languages written by students in higher education.
Here are our top 10 reasons…
1) You fall in love with the subject.
2) English is not enough! It’s really important that you learn to speak and understand other people no matter where they are from.
3) You can travel to new places around the world.
4) It’s the perfect way to meet new people and discover new cultures.
5) Speaking another language really makes you stand out from the crowd.
6) Learning a foreign language can help you understand your own language and make it easier to learn others.
7) You develop 4 key skills; listening, reading, speaking and writing.
8) You’ll have fun learning about a wide range of topics from shopping, to sport, to food and entertainment.
9) Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity and you have better memory too.
10) It’s an impressive achievement to speak a foreign language and you’ll have better options for your future!