5: Les objets de la classe-Classroom objects
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6. Time?
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12. Icecream
14. School subjects
15. Clothes
16. Bridging unit
17. Class language

What you will learn with film 5

In this section you learn the French names for different classroom objects, and simple phrases you can use to ask for objects in almost any lesson. The teacher can use this to give instructions in French about objects to the whole class.

We have chosen nine common items to start with. You can learn more later; there are suggestions in "Extra words and phrases" in the Manual. It's useful to describe some objects by their colour, so we introduce adjectives and gender agreement.

Talk of borrowing things is an opportunity to look again at being polite in French.

We suggest design projects - like building and flying a kite - as an enjoyable context for you to use your French.

Day-to-day interaction in a French school classroom:
Can I borrow your ruler, please? --- Giving out the exercise books.
...and in the AGORA Kite School at Berck-sur-Mer
See French children making their kites, colouring their designs (based on Chinese traditions)
--- and flying them on the beach.
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kite see Section 8 for the kite project

The video shows French children making kites at the AGORA leisure centre in Berck-sur-Mer, a seaside town on the Channel coast in northern France.

Find out more about AGORA Leisue Centre (you could arrange a visit!) at:


For more about this section's kite project, go to section 8.
(see also the notes and activity sheet in the Teacher's Manual)

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kiteHOW FRENCH WORKS HOW FRENCH WORKS: saying what colour things are (adjectives)

Colour adjectives are introduced in this section:

- where they positioned (before or after the noun), and

- the way they can change depending on the noun they describe (masculine or feminine, singular or plural)

is decribed in the Teacher's Manual and with a helpful animation in the French 2 e-CD.

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Henri Matisse

This sections's project in the Teachers' Manual heps you explore the ideas and techniques of world-famous French artist, Henri Matisse.

There is an excellent new Matisse Museum in Le Cateau, Nord - Pas de Calais Matisse's birthplace town, with a collection started by the artist before his death, and added to later by his family.

Visit the Matisse Museum in Le Cateau if you can. You will also find lots of pictures of his works on the internet, We recommend some books (BELOW) that explain the ideas behind them,

Matisse made the cut-out "Icarus" as an old man in 1947.
In Greek mythology, clever and proud Icarus thought he could fly "like the gods". He made wings stuck on with ; they worked, but he flew too close to the sun, and they melted.

Close-up of a star.

Matisse was a formally-trained artist who thought hard about his use of colours.

The "colour wheel" RIGHT shows the three primary colours ARROWED (red, blue, yellow) When you mix two primary colours, you get the one in-between.

Colours facing each other across the wheel are called "complementary colours". Try placing them together in your artwork - it can have a strikingly strong effect.

colour wheel

The colour wheel

In your Matisse project, try using:

  • just a few colours like in "Icarus"
  • just a few simple shapes - look at the stars...

Send us a picture of your work!

BOOKS we recommend about Henri Matisse

Matisse (Famous Artists series)  
by Antony Mason, Andrew S. Hughes, Jen Green
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Edition: Paperback 32 pages

Biography of the artist, with many examples and activities to explore his techniques and insights.

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Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors:
Published by Smart about the Arts
 Edition: Paperback

Book about Matisse's famous cut-outs.

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