Languages Day

Otters/ Koalas French Autumn Term 2017

This term we will be consolidating our knowledge of some basic French words and phrases such as numbers to 31, days of the week, dates, greeting words, classroom instructions and family.

New topics covered this term will be ‘Myself and My family’, and ‘Things I like to do’.

The children will be practising how to introduce themselves using simple French and talk about their family. They will also learn words and phrases to describe things they enjoy doing and will learn some simple French verbs.

The lessons will include lots of opportunities to speak French and to listen and join in with some stories and fun songs.

Dolphins Panthers Pandas French Autumn Term 2017

The children will start the term by consolidating some basic French skills and then will move onto our new topics which are Myself and My family’ and ‘Holidays’. They will have lots of opportunities to speak, listen, read and write French as well as practising vocabulary from previous sessions.

They will listen and join in with some stories and songs as well as playing games to reinforce vocabulary.

Harestock European Languages Day

On Tuesday 26th September we celebrated European Languages Day in school.

The day began with a French breakfast where Mrs Sankey and Mrs Hull offered a selection of French pastries and ‘Jus de Pomme ‘ or ‘Jus d’Orange’ to children and their parents. A big ‘Thank You’ to all those children and parents who supported this event!

Throughout the morning children from Year 1 through to Year 6 experienced French, German, Italian and Spanish with language students from Peter Symonds College.  The students prepared a variety of activities for the children where they taught songs, days of the week, greetings, colours and animal vocabulary.

It was a very busy morning and a wonderful opportunity for the children (and the teachers!) to experience different European languages.

Year 3 /4 French Spring Term 2017

This term’s French unit is all about food — both eating it and preparing it. The children have learnt the names of some foods, including fruit and veg, cutlery and cooking ingredients.  They have learnt how to say which foods they like and dislike, and to say what they are eating. The children also enjoyed singing a very silly ‘food rap’ in French!

The unit ends with children writing and performing their own mini role plays in a shop where they are buying ingredients for ‘le pain perdu’( French toast). This is a traditional French recipe which they might like to try this at home in the Easter Holidays!

Le Pain Perdu

On a besoin de:

  • deux oeufs
  • deux cuillères à soupe de lait,
  • une cuillère à soupe de sucre,
  • quatre tranches de pain,
  • une cuillère à soupe de beurre,
  • deux cuillères à café de cannelle en poudre.


  1. Mélanger les oeufs, le lait et le sucre dans un bol.
  2. Tremper les tranches de pain dans le mélange.
  3. Mettre le beurre dans une poêle chaude.
  4. Faire cuire les tranches de pain dans la poêle.
  5. Saupoudrer le pain perdu de cannelle en poudre.

Words lists from the unit:-








Languages Day 2016

The day started with a French breakfast in the hall! On offer was croissant, pain au raisin, pain au chocolat and jus d’orange or jus de pomme. The children enjoyed showing off their French!

During the morning, the children had an opportunity to learn some different languages. They had German, French, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin and Greek sessions with the help of some parent volunteers and language students from Peter Symonds College.

In the afternoon they watched a performance of The Hungry Caterpillar in French by students from Winchester University.


Year 5/6 French Homework project

Autumn 2016

By Half term…..

Find out about a French town.

Present your information on an A4 sheet.

Please do not just print off information from the Internet!

It must be your own work.

It could include a map, interesting places in the town, the history of the town, anything the town is famous for, the facilities in the town-(parks, museums, hospitals, shopping etc), geography (river, roads, rail, hills, mountains, forest etc).

Or anything else you want to tell me about!

You can write it in English but maybe use some French words as well! (e.g for labels or lists).

French Year 3/4 Autumn Term 2016

This term in French the children will be continuing to develop their language skills by having simple conversations, learning a song and reading a simple story. They will be practising their counting and learning how to say the date as well as saying their own birthday date.

They will expanding their vocabulary, learning words and phrases for classroom items and adjectives to describe them. They will learn how to express likes and dislikes and will also learn the French alphabet!


French Years 5/6 Autumn 2016

This term, the children in years 5/6 will be continuing to develop their language skills through the theme of towns. This will include places in towns, describing where they live and writing a simple travel guide on Winchester. They will be learning about Paris and also learning a traditional French song based on a town. In the second half of the term the children will be finding out about traditional French cuisine and reading some French recipes. They will learn how to express opinions and will continue to build on their knowledge of French verbs and adjectives.

Owl Class French

le football

In honour of Euro 2016 being held in France, we’ve been learning some words and phrases associated with football…

le football/ le foot    (football)
le match    (match)
la mi-temps   (half-time)
les arrêts de jeu   (stoppage time)
une équipe  (a team)
un footballeur    /un joueur   player
un gardien de but    (goalie)
un défenseur  (defender)
un libero (sweeper)
un ailier (winger)
un avant attaquant (forward)
un buteur (striker)

un remplaçant   (substitute)
un entraineur  (coach)
un arbitre  (referee)
un but   (a goal)
un but contre son camp   (own goal)
le carton jaune   (yellow card)
le carton rouge   (red card)
un corner   corner kick
une faute   (foul)
une faute de main   (hand ball)
un pénalty   (penalty kick)
Year 5/6 French Performance – Summer Term 1st half 2016

On Wednesday 4th May, the Year 5/6 classes showed off their French skills to parents. It was a lovely afternoon where the children demonstrated their reading and speaking skills as well as their grammar knowledge. They delighted the audience with speaking using the past and future tense based on a holiday theme and even sang a catchy French song: ’ Où Vas-tu en Vacances?’

You can watch a video clip of Dolphin class performing the song, above.

They should all be very proud of themselves as it can often be very daunting speaking a foreign language in front of other people for the first time! Well done to you all! Thank you also to the parents who supported us!

Year 3/4 – Summer Term 1st half 2016

The year 3/4 classes have been busy this week writing to pupils at the École Primaire at Fressinouse and the school at Lardier in the Hautes-Alpes region of France. We received post-cards and letters from them and so are now writing our replies – in French of course!

We are telling them about our school uniform as we have been learning the vocabulary and phrases for what we wear. We have also given our opinions about wearing a school uniform. This will be very interesting for the French pupils as they don’t wear uniforms in France!

We are looking forward to receiving letters from France soon!


Year 5/6 Spring Term 2nd half 2016

We have been French tourists planning our trip to Saint Lucia (or Sainte Lucie)!

We started by learning how to pronounce some of the place names on Saint Lucia and then we learnt words for the key features and tourist attractions on the island.

We have learnt how to form the future tense and so put this into practice as a French tourist writing sentences to say what we will be doing when we arrive on the island for our holiday.

You will be able to see our fantastic work on display in our classrooms!

Year 3/4 Spring Term 2nd half 2016

We have been working very hard in our French lessons! We have learnt how to describe someone’s hair colour and hair style and what colour eyes they have. We read a story about a monster and not only did we write our own version of it but we also described our very own monster!

Click here to look at our monsters!

We even had the help of some International student teachers from Switzerland. They helped us with our pronunciation and gave us some new words for different hair styles! We learnt a little bit about Switzerland too!

You will soon be able to see our monster stories and descriptions displayed outside Badger and Koala Class.

Owl and fox Class French Spring Term 2nd half 2016

We had our first four French lessons this term with Mrs Hull. As our topic in class was all about Transport ( ‘On the Move’ )we learnt some key vocabulary on different forms of transport.
We then learnt how to ask and answer the question: How do you travel to school? We practised asking the question and answering it and even writing our own sentences. Mrs Hull taught us a fun song to help us remember the words and phrases from our lessons. You will be able to see our amazing work in our topic books and on display outside Fox Classroom.


Year 3/4  Spring Term 1st half  2016 French


This term Yr 3/4 French is on Wednesdays.

New language covered will be

  • Colours for describing hair and eyes
  • Describing physical features
  • Describing a someone’s personality
  • Saying what they are wearing
  • Using the pronouns “il” and “elle” with the verbs “être” (to be) and “avoir” (to have).
  • French phonics: nasal sounds

We will continue to practice our Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills with songs, role play, stories and games.

If you have access to the Internet and want to practice your French then try

Year 5/6 French Spring Term 1st half 2016

French is on Thursdays

This term we will continue to practice our writing, reading, speaking and listening skills through stories, role play, games and partner talk.

Our new language content will be:

  • The future tense
  • Verbs to describe what you do at the weekend.
  • Short conversations using the future tense
  • Saying what other people will be doing
  • Describing people and making comparisons
  • Describing how you are feeling.

You can practice your French using the BBC schools website if you have access to the Internet!


Year 5/6 French word lists autumn term 2015

French word lists Y56

European Languages Day – October 2015

European Languages Day is an international event held once a year across Europe to celebrate the wealth of languages spoken.

We held our European Languages Day on Tuesday 13th October.

The day started with a French breakfast in the Hall where children could come and buy French croissant, pain au chocolat or brioche and choose from jus de pomme or jus d’orange. The children asked in French and said ‘Merci!’ and ‘S’il vous plait!’.

During the morning classes had a taste of French, Italian, German and Spanish from language students at Peter Symonds and parents also helped out reading stories and teaching songs in their native language.

In the afternoon students from Winchester University delighted the children with a drama performance of ‘ We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ in French!

The children really enjoyed their day and hopefully will have got the ‘Languages Bug’ and want to do more!

Thank you to Peter Symonds College and Winchester University for their help in making it such a successful day and also a big ‘Thank You’ to the parents who worked with the children too.


Summer term 2015

On 11th March, parents of Koala Class were invited to a drop-in session to see what is being taught in a Y3/4 French lesson.

The children had been learning how to recognise and use Euros as well as vocabulary and phrases relating to shopping. Parents watched the children role playing in a shop using euro coins and buying and selling food items.

The drop-in sessions for Badger’s and Otter’s will take place this term:

Otter class    ~ Wednesday 13 May @ 2:50pm

            Badger class ~ Wednesday 3rd June @ 2:50pm


The children in Y5/6 will be showing some of their French work in a mini class assembly on Thursday 25 June. More details will follow nearer the time.


How is French taught at Harestock?

French is taught from year 2 to year 6.

In year 2 the children have introductory sessions in the spring and summer terms .The lessons are linked to the class topics where they learn basic vocabulary such as numbers to 12, colours, days of the week and greetings. The emphasis is on speaking and listening but the children also have an opportunity to read and write simple words, phrases and short sentences.

From year 3 through to year 6 the children have a 40 minute lesson every week.

In years 3 and 4 they are introduced to new vocabulary within topics such as hobbies and pastimes, the human body, clothes, favourite foods, counting to 31, dates, months and classroom objects. The emphasis is still on speaking and listening with opportunities to speak with a partner and small groups. They learn songs, read short story extracts and play games to reinforce learning. They also have phonic sessions to help with pronunciation.

In years 5 and 6 vocabulary is developed through topics  which include: where I live ( towns nationalities and countries), my family ( describing appearances and personalities), school , favourite foods, and sports. They read longer texts and poems and although there is a greater focus on reading and writing there is always a speaking element in the lesson building towards a performance to parents in the summer term. They begin to learn some simple grammar such as adjectival agreements, verbs and pronouns.

We use the ‘Early Start French’ scheme to support some lessons where the children can hear native speakers and learn about every day French life and culture.

European Languages Day

On Friday 26th September we celebrated European Languages Day.

We had German Spanish and French parents who came into school to share stories with the children in their own native language.

Peter Symonds language students also helped out in the classes teaching songs, playing games and reading stories in Spanish, French and Italian.

Sainsbury’s Badger Farm brought along a selection of foods from around Europe for our Euro café. The children tasted olives from Greece, cold meats from Poland, German salami, Italian Pannettone, Greek feta cheese, Italian bruschetta and Austrian cheese to name but a few!

European languages day

European day of languages

Dear Parents

On Friday 26th September 2014 it is the European Day of Languages. We thought this year it would be fun to take part and are planning a number of activities to celebrate the day.

We have children from all over Europe and when we made a list we were surprised at just how many languages are spoken by Harestock children and their families.

This is where you come in! We are writing to ask you whether you could help us on the day by coming in and reading a story in your native language to a class or small group of children. We have ordered some story books in a variety of languages but if you have any of your own suitable for children that would be lovely! You might prefer even to tell a traditional tale you remember from your childhood!

If you think you might be able to help us, please complete the attached slip let us know by Friday 10th July and put it in your diary!

Over the holidays we will be putting together a timetable for the day so it would be useful to know the best times for you and which class you would prefer. You would not be needed for the whole day but just for an hour or so.

Please feel free to come in and talk to us about the day. We would certainly welcome any of your ideas!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Teresa Hull (French teacher) and Anne Marklew  (EAL coordinator)


In the autumn term we were contacted by a former pupil of Harestock Primary school who now lives in France with her family – Mrs Clare Henderson. She runs an after school English club for some of the children in her village and wondered whether we would like to set up a link between her club and ourselves. She also approached the local primary school where her children attend  and asked them if they would like to join the partnership link too.

So we are very excited to announce that correspondence is  now under way between Harestock Primary School and École Primaire Lardier et Valanca!

The little school is in the village of Lardier-et-Valança in the Hautes-Alpes region of South East France – a huge contrast to Harestock! The After school club is in the  neighbouring  village of Barcillonnette. You can have a look at these villages on their websites!



The children have already been swapping letters and photos and wait with eager anticipation for the post each week. This is a wonderful  opportunity for the children to find out about living in a different country, make new friends and  practice their new language skills. Who knows where it will lead?

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