French stories in Primary 1

Our lovely French Assistant who worked with Primary One last year, Cylia Toumache, is back visiting Dunbar.  She kindly offered to come into school and read French stories to the Primary 1 children this week.  We wish her well as she continues her world travels and she has promised she will visit again.  There are some lovely French language books for the children to borrow in the John Muir library.


La fête des rois


Today children in Primary 1 and Primary 2 celebrated La fête des rois (Three Kings Day).  This festival takes place on 6 January in France when the youngest child in the family wears a crown and gets to cut and distribute the ‘galette’ cake.  Our photo shows some of our youngest Primary 1 children who got to wear the crown in their class today.  This link is a little song about the tradition.


Primary 1A enjoyed learning about Hanukkah from one of the children’s parents.  We made stained glass menorah candles, a wax candle and a dreidel.  We also learnt a song and tasted potato latkes.  Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light, starts on the 24th of December this year.  A candle is lit each day to celebrate the triumph of Judah Maccabee over King Antiochus when one day’s oil lasted for eight days in the temple.

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Our French visitors


We have two little visitors from France in Primary 1 this term – Jacques and Lucette.  They travel round the Primary 1 classes with their suitcase sharing a little flavour of France and they just love to hear the children greeting one another, sharing their names/ages and saying how they feel all in French!  Well done Primary 1!

A lovely Christmas French activity for families in December


 DATE AND VENUE: Sat 17 Dec 2016 at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

Cost: £6.00 (Please remember to select a free adult ticket as well as a ticket for your child)

Start Time & Duration:  12.30pm (1hr)

Join Lapin and his French speaking puppet friends in their Christmas adventure! The show will be followed by a bilingual storymaking session where children and grown-ups can create their own Lapin story to take home. A fun and lively way to use new or already known French words.

*This activity is suitable for 4 and 5 year olds

Link to buy tickets


1+2 Languages

As thoughts turn to Christmas the children in Primary 1 and 2 may enjoy learning this French Christmas song.

This leaflet explains the 1+2 Languages Strategy