Unit 4 Lesson 2 Colours coloursicon.jpg

Use the colour PowerPoint or Digital Dialect activities to introduce the names of colours (approximately six as a starting point).

or try this website Digital Dialects colours
Encourage the children to listen carefully to the sound of the colour words and to use their whole body in a gesture that imitates that sound, such as a rounded gesture for rouge, stretching for jaune and flopping forwards for bleu

SOUNDFILES from BABELZONE
  • Play some games such as
    • Montrez-moi; children point to the colour that the teacher calls out.
    • Colour Bingo; children use crayons to make a grid of 9 colours (arranged 3X3) as teacher calls a colour in French they cross it off.
    • Colour dice (see template below) make the dice, roll it & call out the colour in French. Play in groups or pairs.
    • The snail race game; Early Start sow has a template of board game or maybe there is an English copy in your reception class you can borrow?
    • Create a human ‘colour line’. Give children coloured cards and ask them to form into a line according to the colours you call out in French.
    • Use the printout below for pairs/groups to play colour dominoes.
Take a peek at the Early Start demo video in this early section, 5: "Les couleurs" The video is a sequence of three clips. It introduces 11 colours, and shows French children using the words in context:
- playing boules with coloured balls;
- at the fair and playing board games. The film shows the written words once children are familiar with how they sound.

Check out the colours game powerpoint & colours wordsearch from Primary Resources http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/mfl/mfl.htm



  • Now play a colour sequence listening game. Teacher calls out sequence of colours, eg bleu, rouge, vert, & places multi-link cubes in the same sequence on tables. Invite individuals to say the colour sequence aloud. Challenge children in pairs to produce own sequences for the class to identify.
Extension: Draw 4 or 5 colour sequences on board & read one out. Children work out which one.

* Sing Je connais les couleurs (‘I know the colours’) to the tune of ‘I Can Sing a Rainbow’, using the key colour vocabulary.

Extension ideas:
  • Children complete the crossword and/or wordsearch (see below)
  • Try the French Artist Project idea (see adjacent)

Here is a link to an Early Start (free) webpage, detailing one schools' project about the French artist Matisse.
http://www.earlystart.co.uk/esfrench1/05colours.htm#matisse
There are some wonderful opportunities for cross-curricular links by starting a mini-project like this with your class, so watch this space for more links to more artists and more ideas and resources.
Go through the Je voudrais etre PowerPoint story - what colours do the children recognise?
'Toutes les couleurs' is a good storybook to read to the class (use a webcam or visualiser to show on the IWB)

'COLOURS' IS A TOPIC THAT WILL BE FREQUENTLY REVISITED AT ALL LEVELS & THESE GAMES WILL BE JUST AS RELEVANT FOR REVISION WITH OLDER YEAR GROUPS.