French Introduction

Bonjour et bienvenue!

Hi Year 8, we hope you are all well. After the Easter holidays we would like you to work on an extended French project which includes lots of different smaller activities. Some activities will need you to use your knowledge organisers and vocabulary lists (which will be attached at the bottom of this page), some will need you to do some research, others give you the opportunity to be a bit more creative. Take a look below!

Every week, these pages will contain ideas/activities/videos and other bits of fun that will help you with your extended French project. This is a great opportunity for you to learn loads more about France and the French speaking world.

MASTERY IN MASCULINE AND FEMININE

When you started French in your secondary school, one of the first things you will have been taught is that every French noun is either masculine or feminine. Over the next few weeks we are going to go over key concepts/rules that will really help your French to get better. Watch the following video to remind yourself of the rules on masculine and feminine nouns.

Now it’s your turn to practise what you’ve learnt! (Answers at the end of the post!)

Les blagues du jour! (Jokes of the day!)

What do you call a French man wearing sandals? Philippe Philoppe!!!!!

La culture fran├žaise

As the Easter holidays have just come to an end, here are some French Easter facts that you may not have known before!

On the Thursday before Easter Sunday all the Church bells in France stop ringing. Legend has it that they all fly away to Rome to be blessed by the Pope and on their return on Easter Sunday they pick up chocolate eggs and drop them in people’s gardens. In France it is the bells that bring chocolate not the Easter bunny!!!

Les chocolateries and les confiseries (chocolate and sweet shops) are a sight to be seen at Easter time. Shop windows are decorated in amazing chocolate displays including eggs, bells, bunnies, chickens and other animals.

If you look closely you will also see chocolate fish. This links to le premier d’avril (April the 1st) where in France children will prank adults by sticking paper fish onto people’s backs. This tradition apparently dates back to the 16th century when the French King (Charles XIV) changed the calendar and all people who continued to celebrate the end of the year in March were considered fools. Now have a go at researching another French festival/custom and email us with what you found out!

We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s lesson. Don’t forget to look at the extended French project (attached above) and tick off the sections you’ve completed. After today, you should be able to tick off mastering masculine and feminine, you’ve identified several cognates and you’ve found out some information about a French festival.

We would love to see what you have been able to create so please email us with photos at mflwordpress@clf.uk