Theme: QCA Unit 3 Celebrations (On fait la fête!) Year group: Year 3
Resources: an asterisk indicates that resource can be found in separate Year 3 Resources folder. There are soundfiles for
all italicised words in the lesson plans
Session 1 Languagenut Unit 3 Party Time Session 1 Things I do well – presentation + activities
Session 2 Languagenut Unit 3 Session 1 – presentation + activities + unit song; mini match-up cards Set 1 (straight match)*
Session 3 Mini match-up cards Set 2 (with qualifiers)*; Linguafun online : Les mois et la date – presentation + activities; Un Kilo de
Chansons CD Track 12 Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire?; Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire ? songtext powerpoint*
Session 4 Un Kilo de Chansons CD Track 12 + songtext powerpoint*; Months flashcards*; Months powerpoint* ; Français!
Français! 17 Chanson : Les mois ; J’aime chanter p14 : Les mois de l’an
Session 5 Early Start 1 Film 10; ‘Joyeux anniversaire’ model invitation for whiteboard*; ‘Joyeux anniversaire’ children’s copy*;
Linguafun resources: Les mois worksheets 1 + 2
Session 6 Large textcards for activities* (2 sets needed for this lesson); mini match-up cards Set 1 + 2* (as Session 2/3)
Lesson sequence and activities:
Discuss with children in English what activities they enjoy or are good at both in and outside of school. Introduce a range of these in
French using Languagenut Unit 3 Session 1 Things I do well – the presentation section covers swimming, dancing, playing football,
singing, reading, counting, jumping, writing, drawing. Having presented all with children repeating and doing appropriate actions hit
the ‘Hide All’ button at the bottom which will then show all the language. Say one in English and a child must come and hit the right
French window, everyone repeating again, including the action. Now individual children come out to the front and demonstrate an
action – referring to the presentation class says the French phrase.
Reinforce this work with the Listen and Learn, Match the Pairs, Multiple choice, Noughts and Crosses and/or Memory games in
Play Jacques a dit (Simon says) with the sentences, the children responding with the agreed actions.
Recap the new language via Languagenut with whichever activity or activities seem appropriate for the class. Spend no more than
10 minutes on this revision..
Add très bien & mal as extra qualifiers and link to the activities, asking children to thereby vary what they say about themselves to
include what they are very good or not good at.
There is a song at the top of the Party Time unit on Languagenut which would repractise the verbs + these qualifiers
Play ‘chaise chaude’, where a child sits in the hot seat and has to say the phrases (s)he can remember with très bien, bien or mal.
The class supports with a très bien for each correct phrase. Phrase construction can be supported by the teacher after each person
by choosing a phrase and asking the class to indicate with a show of hands whether they can do that activity très bien, bien or mal.
Use the match-up cards Set 1 with pairs of children finding the matching pairs, after which they can play memory (pelmanism).
Revisit Languagenut if this seems appropriate. Use match-up cards Set 2 to get the children matching now with the qualifiers très
bien, bien and mal.
Teach the children the months of the year with Linguafun: Les mois et la date – presentation1 and possibly Activités ½ and even 4
if you are happy for the children to be dealing with the written form quickly (there are considerable similarities between the written
forms of most English and French month names).
Play the song ‘Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire?’ and ask the children to stand up for their birth month when the singer does
the slow talk-through of the months in mid-song. On repeat listenings they can join in, including the question ‘Quelle est la date…?’
The songtext can be shown via the powerpoint.
Try the following action-based activity to support learning:
janvier – wave right hand
février – wave left hand
mars – stretch right hand out to the side
avril – stretch left hand out to the side
mai – right hand on hip
juin – left hand on hip
juillet – right thumb up
août – left thumb up
septembre – shake both hands in the air
octobre – shake both hands out to the side
novembre – both hands on hips
décembre – cross arms
Teach the children the expression ‘Joyeux anniversaire’ (Happy birthday) and tell them that you will all be using this phrase in
future when there is a class birthday. It can be sung repeatedly to the tune of ‘Happy birthday to you’.
Phonic practice: Collect from the children the ‘j’ sound words they have been recently working with (janvier, juin, juillet, joyeux). Go
round the class with everyone saying one of the ‘j’ words. Ensure that the children are aware of the difference between English and
French in the ‘j’ sound.
Play and sing ‘Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire?’ with children again standing up for their birth month.
Revise month names further with Linguafun and flashcards. Play flashcard games such as Glimpse the card/Secret signal/Hot &
cold/Choose (see Primary Languages Games & Fun Activities document in the Teaching and Learning folder for an explanation of
Practise the phrase ‘Mon anniversaire est en….’ and children should add the month of their birth.
Invite children who are confident to come to the front. The class sings the question ‘Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire? from the
song and child answers as above.
Two other songs are available to use to reinforce this work and for enjoyment: from Français! Français! and from ‘J’aime chanter’.
They could be linked to the previously practised actions – very challenging but potentially great fun!
As a starter get the children to do a Mexican wave with the months.
Show the Early Start 1 video Film 10 Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire? and discuss differences and similarities with what the
children see in England.
Sing the words ‘Joyeux anniversaire’ to the tune of ‘Happy birthday to you’.
Children are now to create birthday party invitations – the model invitation can be shown and explained on the whiteboard and
children then work with their version (printed off) adding the age phrase, their name and birth date, and decorating their card. This
activity could involve ICT.
Linguafun’s Les mois section has two worksheets within resources which would be appropriate for extension work.
Playing birthday party games (une boum! or une fête! are the names for a party in French).
1. Play musical statues using verbs from Session 1 (je nage, je chante, je lis, je danse, je joue au football). Play the music and
when it stops call out a sentence, e.g. je nage bien. The children freeze showing the verb as an action.
2. Play the game again and when you call out the sentence show a large text card at the same time.
3. Play the game ‘Stations’ by placing the large text cards around the room. Read them out to the children as you stick them to the
walls. Play the music and when it stops children have to choose a card to stand next to. Using a second set of cards ask a child to
choose and read out one. All children standing next to that card are out.
4. Play pass the parcel. Put small text cards (both sets as used in Session 2/3) in a feely bag and play some music. Children sit in a
circle and pass the bag around. When the music stops the child with the bag pulls out a card, reads it out and chooses another
child to mime the action (including thumbs up/down for cards with trés bien/bien/mal added to the sentence).
To make a more authentic party children could do some cooking beforehand and make crêpes. You could have bread and jam,
croissants, pains au chocolat, cheese…
Opportunities for involving wider school:
With a digital camera, children take photos of activities. Presentation to rest of school. Children could film their party. Cooking.
Presentation of songs at assembly.
O3.1 Listen and respond to songs
O3.2 Recognise and respond to sound patterns and words
O3.3 Perform simple communicative tasks
O3.4 Listen attentively
L3.1 Recognise some familiar words in written form
L3.2 Pronounce accurately the most commonly used letters
L3.3 Experiment with the writing of simple words
IU3.4 View a video or media resource about the country
KAL Imitate pronunciation of sounds
Use gestures to show they understand
LLS Compare the language with English
Use actions and rhymes to aid memorisation