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How's the weather?

Teaching objectives:

Children will learn some weather phrases and answer the question How's the weather?

New language content:

Quel temps fait-il? - How's the weather?
Il fait beau - Its fine weather
Il fait mauvais - It's bad weather
Il fait froid - It's cold
Il fait chaud - It's hot
Il pleut - It's raining
Il neige - It's snowing
Il y a du soleil - It's sunny

Previous Knowledge:

This section incorporates previously learned conversational language.

Notes:
  • Further useful weather phrases are il y a des nuages - it's cloudy; il gèle - it's freezing; il y a du brouillard - it's foggy; Il y a du vent - it's windy
  • The map (see Printable Sheet) can be used to explore the differences in climate between France and The British Isles. The children might like to consider why the weather is not such a traditional topic of conversation in France as it is in Britain!
Reinforcement:
  • Add discussion of the weather to the daily routine, after taking the register and setting the date. The children could take it in turns to record the day's weather by using a weather chart or drawing a symbol on the board.
  • Reading the names of towns gives further reinforcement of French sounds: add towns to the map (Printable Sheet 2) that may have special significance to the class, such as their twin town or the port of Calais.
  • Learn the rap in En France and progress to children developing their own song or rap.
  • Photocopy the weather symbols from Printable Sheet 1 onto cards and use these for games of Snap, Pelmanism or Loto.
Printable Stuff - La Météo, a speaking game [Guess the French weather forecast] (2 sheets):
  • Demonstrate how to play the game: you could model this with your puppet, or play it as a class game, with the sheet displayed as an OHP transparency. Before photocopying the Map Sheet you could mark other towns onto the map that are relevant to the class, e.g. your area's twin town. Initially the weather and the towns can rhyme, as in the rap (see En France) but you could allow the children to progress to using any combinations of towns and weather.
  • Help the children suggest other rhyming combinations, e.g. il fait beau à Pau; il fait mauvais à Calais.
  • Note that the weather symbols may be used for different types of weather, for instance the sun can represent hot, fine or sunny weather, according to the choice of the person setting up the map.
Extension:
  • Use copies of the map of France (see Printable Sheet 2) to compare the geography of France and the British Isles: include vocabulary for geographical features such as la rivière, les montagnes, la côte, la mer; identify famous features, e.g. les Alpes.
  • La météo: using ICT children can research the weather and make up weather forecasts (truthful or invented) comparing France and Britain.
  • Introduce the seasons and combine with the weather - au printemps [in Spring]; en été [in Summer]; en automne [in Autumn]; en hiver [in Winter].