Today the Modern Languages Committee Group were learning about New Year in France and ‘La fête des Rois’.
We learned how to say Happy New Year in French (Bonne Année) and made ‘Bonne Année’ cards, as the French tend to send New Year cards rather than Christmas cards.
Next we learned about the festival ‘La fête des Rois’ (King’s Festival). The festival takes place in France on the 6th January and commemorates the Three Kings finding the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. As part of the festival people eat a special cake called ‘la galette des Rois’. The cake has a small object hidden inside (a bean or ceramic charm) and the person who finds it is the winner and has to wear the crown, becoming King or Queen. We then made our own crowns which looked fantastic!
This week the Modern Languages Committee Group learned about Easter traditions in France. We then had a French party! We tried some French food, played some games and then had a quiz. We have learned lots about French culture and vocabulary in our committee group sessions.
Today we learned about Mardi Gras in our Committee Group. Mardi Gras (meaning ‘Fat Tuesday’), or Shrove Tuesday, is an annual celebration in France. It is also called ‘le carnaval’. People line the streets in carnival costumes and there are colourful parades, music and dance. The traditional colours of Mardi Gras are purple, gold and green.
Children take part in Mardi Gras by wearing fancy dress and masks in bright colours. We made our own Mardi Gras masks today and tasted some French crepes filled with chocolate.
Next time we will be learning about Easter in France, and will be having a French party!
Today we met for our second Committee Group session. We started off the morning by revising greetings and how to say ‘my name is’ in French. We also met Camembear who helped us with counting to 10 and saying colours in French. We then played parachute games in the gym hall to practise our vocabulary. Next time we will learn some more French vocabulary and will plan our French party!
To develop an understanding of French vocabulary and culture.
To recognise similarities and differences between Scotland and France.
To work together to plan and organise a French party.
We learned how to use ‘bonjour’, ‘salut’ and ‘au revoir’ to greet people in French today, and how to say ‘my name is’. We were also learning about Christmas in France and learned lots of French Christmas vocabulary. We had a great morning!