We played games of Festive Bingo with our friends in Vandeins Primary, France on Friday. The bingo cards were pre-arranged and we called out the items in English, and Vandeins called them out in French. Pupils would then check that any winners were correctly called.
You can see the confidence and understanding of language in longer exchanges, which is great to watch.
Molly and Callum finally connected with our partners in Vandeins, France again, after technical difficulties last week caused loss of sound.
This week week we had internet connection problems, but managed to overcome these, getting through the activity successfully.
We started a few weeks ago with introductions, and then Scottish and French holidays enforced another break. Now we have a good five week run up to Christmas, where more pupils will chat with their French friends.
Primary 4-7 had a joint language activity with our friends in Vandeins, France, as part of our weekly connection.
Pupils in both schools drew a picture of a monster, which had a variety of colours and body parts. These monsters were shared with both schools, each pupil having their own monster and one from the other school.
The focus was listening, as a pupil in one school would describe in their own language their monster, and pupils in the other school would listen and see if they had the monster picture being described.
The activity went very well, as pupils had to ‘tune in’ to the language being spoken by the native speakers, and it was great fun for both schools.
Before our Christmas winter greetings, James and Ailsa connected with our friends in Vandeins. The Primary 4 and 5 pupils have not had as much experience of French, but they did very well. James has only been doing French from this term and did well.
Yesterday Primary 4-7 had our first Skype session with our friends in Vandeins, France. We have been working with this school for more than six years now, and pupils in both schools get the opportunity to listen and talk in the learned language.
Our Primary 4s have been learning how to introduce themselves to our partners, giving details like name, age, where they live and something they like to do, eg bonjour, je m’appelle…, j’ai …. ans, j’habite a…., j’aime faire du….. Everyone introduced themselves to each other in our first meeting with new pupils.
Primary 5-7 have been refreshing their knowledge in these things and revising other areas for discussion like weather, date, time, what we are wearing, how many pupils in class, colours, numbers, and so on.
We have all been enjoying the song Alouette, with vocabulary about body parts of a bird!
We will continue our sessions after the holidays in Scotland and France.
We will also be working with our friends in Paris, following their successful visit to our school last session. Again a new class to work with, and they will begin by writing letters to us this week.
Our first session went well, and we have a few clips from the activity.