Holiday to France

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By Caroline Ingle teaches at St Barnabas CofE Primary School, south Gloucestershire

Teach your class some essential nouns to help pack their suitcase for a holiday!

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In the first of this three-part series on French, designed to help you teach the language across Key Stage 2, the Johnson family are packing their bags to set off on their trip to France. For the Johnson children, ten-year-old Jack and eight-year-old Hannah, this is their first trip to the country. They have been learning French at school through games, role play, songs and rhymes, and are now going to have real experience of speaking the language. In this article the family pack their suitcases and then make the journey to France, by air, for their holiday in the Dordogne region of the country.

Introductory activities

It is late July and the Johnson family are packing. Discuss with the class what sort of clothes they will need and what the weather is usually like at that time of year. Download activity sheet 1, the map ‘Holiday route’ (available from www.scholastic.co.uk/magazines/activity sheets-jed.htm sheets-jed.htm) and talk about, and then label, the geographical location of the places given. They are going to fly from Bristol Airport to Bordeaux in France. The flight will take about one and a half hours. Talk about the one-hour time difference involved. If the Johnsons leave Bristol at 2.00pm, for example, what time will they arrive in Bordeaux? Can anyone explain what will happen to the time factor on the return journey?

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