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.

 

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Our long time friends in Vandeins Primary connected over Skype on Friday to share poems and sing a couple of songs for Christmas.

Some of them recited poems, and ended with the songs.  This followed a game of Festive Bingo!

We sang a couple of our songs for them, all of which was a nice end to a busy week for us.  The French started their holidays on Friday.

 

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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.

Callum and Molly talk to friends in Vandeins
Callum and Molly talk to friends in Vandeins

 

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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.

 

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Our Skype activities continue with our friends in Vandeins, France with Arran, Primary 7,  Callum, Primary 6, Elsa and Beth, Primary 4, chatting in French to our partners.

Primary 4 pupils have only been doing French since August, but have gained in confidence with every connection.

Arran, Callum, Beth and Elsa talk with our friends in Vandeins, France
Arran, Callum, Beth and Elsa talk with our friends in Vandeins, France

 

 

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After connection problems last week, Callum and Molly managed to complete our connection with our friends in Vandeins, France.

In this clip they are talking about the date and weather, but notice how easily they respond to the questions posed in French by their partners.

Callum and Molly speak with our friends in Vandeins
Callum and Molly speak with our friends in Vandeins

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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.

Jack introduces himself to our partners in France
Jack introduces himself to our partners in France

Jack introduces himself

 

Sophie introduces herself

 

Eilidh introduces herself

 

Jessica introduces herself

 

Justine in France introduces herself to us

 

Aymeric introduces himself to us

 

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Primary 4-7 Skype with our friends in Paris every Monday and with our friends in Vandeins, near Lyon on Tuesdays.

We ask each other questions in the local language, responding in the learned language.

Calum, Primary 5 and Ailsa, Primary 4 did well working together in conversation with partners in Vandeins Primary.

Here are a couple of clips, see how well they did. 🙂  

Callum and Ailsa Skype with France
Callum and Ailsa Skype with France

 

 

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