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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

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Year 5

Dear Parents / Guardians,

I hope that you and your families are in good health and well rested after the summer break.  Here is an overview of what your child’s French lessons will look like this term.

Our focus for the Autumn term will be about ‘The weather’, ‘Le Temps’. Our key question is:

‘Quel temps fait-il aujourd’hui ?’ ‘What is the weather like today?’

Children will learn how to say the weather in French and name various points on a map. We will be working towards producing a short news report including weather forecasts in French before the Christmas break.

Children will be given the opportunity to record a short clip (behind a green screen) which will be edited and put into a movie. An example of last year’s clip can be found on YouTube:

Once edited, the short film will be publishing on the school website and be made public to view on YouTube. It is an exciting project and is incredibly rewarding as a teacher to see such enthusiasm from the children. It was the highlight for many Year 5 students last year.

Please can I ask that any parents/guardians that DO NOT wish their child to be filmed and used in the news report, email me at by the latest Monday 13th September. They will still be able to take part in all of the lessons, but I will ensure that they are not filmed.

On a separate note, at the end of every French lesson, students will be given a small piece of paper to take home. This will contain all the key language/vocabulary covered in that lesson. Please, if you can, go through the new vocabulary and encourage them to practice it. When learning a new language, it is very important to re-visit new words regularly. The Year 5 teachers will also be reminding the classes of the new vocabulary throughout the week. The focus should be on the spoken word.

If your child enjoys playing computer games, we have subscribed to the Language Angels homeschool site. This allows access to a fabulous resource where everyone can re-cap on new language by playing games and listening to songs. I will go through how to access this with each class next week but in the meantime, here is the link:


Login: greatm4005

Password: lahome (all lowercase)

Finally, are links to songs, vocabulary  this terms Subject Knowledge Organiser for French. There will be a short assessment just before the Christmas holidays but, just to enforce, the emphasis on learning French in Year 5 is communication (speaking) and FUN!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on:

I will do my best to respond ASAP (I work Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at Great Missenden)

Yours sincerely,

Madame Hemsworth

Useful links for this term: