French KS2: Shopping for food

Ben is keen to improve his French and links up online with friends who are in a supermarket in Marseille.

We follow Ingrid, Lili, Thibaud and Ulysse as they wander round selecting ingredients for pizzas. The girls choose traditional pizza ingredients – des champignons, des oignons, des œufs, du fromage, du saucisson.

However, Thibaud and Ulysse are putting some unusual pizza ingredients in their basket – des bananes, du chocolat, des bonbons, de la Chantilly.

Later on, we rejoin them in the kitchen as they prepare their pizzas.

Ben looks on with great interest and takes the opportunity to practise his food vocabulary.

He is making his own pizza in his kitchen in the UK.

Everyone enjoys their pizzas once they are cooked, although Ben has put too many chilies on his and needs a drink to cool down.

This clip is from the series Virtually There: France.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to support pronunciation by practising the sound ɔ on in champignons, oignons, saucisson. Highlight silent final consonants, for example: chocolat.

Ask pupils to write a list of ingredients for their own pizza. Look up unknown ingredients in a bi-lingual dictionary. Pupils could draw their own pizza and write labels for the different ingredients.

A good role play activity could be to pretend to buy food in a supermarket or market.

Curriculum Notes

These clips could be used for teaching French at KS2 in England, Foundation KS1,KS2 in Northern Ireland, KS2 and KS3 in Wales and 2nd Level in Scotland.

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