2 Early Level Significant Aspects of Learning Use language in a range of contexts and across learningDevelop confidence and enthusiasm to communicate using the language being learntBegin to develop an awareness of other countries, cultures and languagesListen and join in with simple songs, stories and rhymesExplore and recognise patterns and sounds of language through listening, watching and playingUnderstand, respond to and say simple greetings and personal information (e.g. name)Repeat and understand simple familiar language from a familiar sourceActively take part in simple daily routine languageParticipate in familiar games including outdoor learningBegin to explore resources to support my learning e.g. picture dictionaries
3 VocabularyColoursAim to teach at least 5 of the colours at Early Level initially and build up as pupils progress towards First Level.C’est de quelle couleur? What colour is it?C’est It isbleu blueblanc whiterouge redvert greenjaune yellowrose pinknoir blackgris greyviolet purplemarron brown
17 Embedding the language Whenever colours feature as part of an activity or story ask the question, “C’est de quelle couleur?” to prompt pupils to tell you what colour something is in French. For example in art activities, colour mixing, stories, looking a pictures etc.
18 Sample activitiesYou will find a bank of sample activities which you can use to practise the vocabulary in the classroom.This is not a prescriptive list of activities and you can use or adapt them to suit the needs of your class.
20 Trouve le! Trouve le means “Find the” Pupils have a selection of objects which are different colours in front of them.Teacher calls out “trouve le” and adds a colour onto the end e.g. Trouve le rouge!The pupils must then hold up whichever object is that colour.You can ask pupils to then say what colour it is e.g. C’est rouge.Pupils can also then take a turn of asking others to “Trouve le…”
22 Colours circle gamePupils sit in a circle, close their eyes and count to ten in French – “fermez les yeux!”Whilst they are counting the teacher puts an object in the centre of the circle.Once they reach ten they open their eyes (ouvrez les yeux!)They then have to say what colour the object is.This can be extended by passing the object around the circle and counting and whoever it lands on at the count of ten, has to say what colour it is e.g. “C’est bleu” or just “bleu”
24 Modelling doughModelling dough is a good kinesthetic way to reinforce the colours and can be used to create objects with the teacher asking for particular colours in French.For example can ask pupils to “Créez quelquechose de couleur…bleu!” (create something…blue!) and then they pick the correct colour and make an object.Another approach would be to combine numbers and colours e.g. Cinq rouges! And pupils would have to form whatever number of coloured balls using the modelling dough.The sound file is added here for Créez quelquechose de couleur… so that you just need to add the colour to the end.
25 C’est de quelle couleur? Activité 4C’est de quelle couleur?What colour is it?
26 C’est de quelle couleur? Pupils have to look at the following pictures and say what the colour is in French using “C’est” + the colour.You could continue this in class and ask pupils to pick up objects around the room, show them to the rest of the class and ask, “C’est de quelle couleur?”Note that when C’est is followed by a vowel in French, you pronounce the t e.g. C’est orange. Otherwise, the t at the end of C’est is silent!
38 Où est le….? Où est means where is…. Voici means here is! For this activity, the pupils have to find where each colour is on the screen.Où est means where is….Voici means here is!You can continue this in theclass or in a circle game.
39 Où est le jaune?Voici means here isVoici le jaune!
40 Où est le rouge?Voici means here isOui!Voici le rouge!
41 Où est le bleu?Voici means here isOui!Voici le bleu!
42 Où est l’orange?Voici means here isOui!Voici l’orange!
43 Où est le rose?Voici means here isSuper!Voici le rose!
44 Où est le blanc?Voici means here isOui, très bien!Voicile blanc!
45 Où est le vert?Voici means here isVoici le vert!
46 Songs and videos!You will find a bank of sample songs and videos which you can use to practise the vocabulary in the classroom.This is not a prescriptive list of songs and you can use or adapt them to suit the needs of your class.
47 Image links to French Youtube video with colours and some activities Image links to French Youtube video with colours and some activities. Please note when it says “trouve le…” it’s asking you to find a particular colour!
49 Poème des couleurs C’est rouge? Oui, c’est rouge! C’est vert? Oui, c’est vert!C’est orange?Oui! C’est orange!C’est jaune?Oui, c’est jaune!Qu’est-ce que c’est?C’est un arc en ciel!Qu’est-ce que c’est means What is it? And C’est un arc en ciel means it’s a rainbow! You can further develop this poem by adding in more colours and asking pupils to add them in as they know them. It could also be used as a display with pupils own rainbows alongside it
50 Couleurs (to tune for Frère Jacques) Bleu, blanc, jaune, vertVioletOrange, gris et marronRouge, noir, roseOnce pupils are confident as a group with this song, you can give them colour cards in groups (e.g. one group would have bleu, violet and orange and another group would have a different set of colours). They can then hold up their colour cards as they sing their own colour part of the song.Another sample activity would be to have colour cards on pupils desks so they could point to each colour as they sing or listen and put them into the correct order of the song.
51 ICT Resources onlineYou will find a bank of sample ICT activities which you can use to practise the vocabulary in the classroom.This is not a prescriptive list of activities and you can use or adapt them to suit the needs of your class.Each of the slides contains an image of the website page. If you click on the image it will take you to the page. Alternatively you can use a link address which you will find in the slide notes.