Weather is a very neutral topic of conversation. You can talk about the weather to anyone, anywhere - it’s the perfect way to break the ice and start a conversation! This spring term, KS2 children have been learning how to talk about the weather in French.
They started off by learning some basic weather phrases,
and learning a French song about the weather which helped them with their French phonics:
They were interested in looking at Météo-France, the French meteorological service website,
to discuss what the weather was like in France and other Francophone countries such as Madagascar, the Ivory Coast and Canada.
They revised the months of the year and then learnt how to say what the weather is like in different seasons.
They learnt how to refer to the cardinal points when describing the weather.
They revised numbers and then learnt how to say the temperature.
The UK was hit by the “Beast from the East”, which brought some cold and wintry conditions, whilst we were midway through our weather topic.
Several schools were closed due to the severe weather conditions and so when they reopened, we had a perfect opportunity to express opinions about the snow in French...
...and conduct a class survey!
World Book Day and Mother’s Day also fell during this unit of work.
World Book Day was celebrated by sharing a weather themed story in French. We read Aesop’s fable, The Wind and the Sun (Le Vent et le Soleil).
The children enjoyed making a weather themed French bookmark for Mother’s Day.
The children concluded this topic by using their new knowledge to create their own weather reports. Here are some examples of their fabulous outcomes!
The children also enjoyed bringing some drama in our French lessons by playing the part of a French weather reporter and giving a weather forecast! Wow!
Bravo les enfants!