Primary French Olympics

Primary French Olympics Teaching Ideas

Primary French Olympics Teaching Ideas

With the French 2024 Olympics just around the corner, come with us as we explore some great ideas for you to develop with your classes.  A brilliant opportunity to link both French and Sports!

You’ll also find a recording of our French Primary Olympics webinar on our Professional Learning page.

We’ve listed some ideas and approaches below.   Please do let us know if you develop any of these ideas – we love to hear how these have been developed in class so please do tag us in your social media if you use anything.  All our social media links are available here. 

We’d also recommend exploring sports in French as part of your Primary French Olympics planning.  You can find out more about this in our Primary French Sports Blog here. 

Develop a map of the French Olympics 

Ask learners to work individually, in pairs or in groups to create their own map or plan of the Olympic village in Paris.  They can include both sports venues (swimming, tennis, athletics etc.) and some of the sites of Paris!

This activity is a great way to do some simple writing in French and to use numeracy skills and teamwork to plan a map.   We’ve referenced some examples of innovation in Paris (e.g. a running track on the river Seine!) to highlight to learners that they can really think outside of the box!

You could also organise this in the following ways:

Cooperatively:  Organise learners into cooperative groups and then set the task as a competition.  For example, the Paris Olympic committee are hosting a competition to plan the Olympic village.  Each group could then plan and design their map before presenting it to the class.  All learners could then vote on the winning entry!

Critical skills:  Agree certain criteria for the map.  For example, everything needs to be connected within walking distance or by using public transport.  Groups could then use an online map (e.g. Google maps) to plan where each venue will be and ensure it is accessible.

The image below is from this activity in our Primary French Olympics Lingobox.    This includes an activity task sheet, support packs, audio files and sample maps – all of which are downloadable for use in the classroom!

Primary French Olympics Village Map

Plan a schedule for a week at the Olympics 

This is a great way to link both sports, culture and areas of other language learning such as days, dates and times.

In our example below (taken from our French Olympics Lingobox) we’ve provided a template planner and vocabulary pack for learners to work from.   Their task is to schedule two activities everyday; one cutlural visit and one sport they’d like to watch!

This is a great way for learners to make links across their learning and to  to retrieve and apply language across contexts. A sure-fire way to boost the language learning process!

Plan a virtual trip to the French Olympics in Paris 

Similar to the ideas above, you can take this a step further and plan a full trip to Paris!   This could include:

  • How you will travel
  • Who you will travel with
  • What you will eat
  • Where you will stay
  • What you’ll visit
  • Which sports you’ll go to see

Again, you could organise this in groups to make it a cooperative task.  You could also add a next step and ask learners to research and create a digital presentation about their trip!  This would also make for a great piece of assessment.

In our resource pack for this activity, we’ve included some key information on how to differentiate for different stages and levels, task sheets, support packs, vocabulary, audio and images to help support learning.  Everything you need to make for a fantastic, French learning experience!

Plan a virtual trip to the French olympics

Play a game of Pétanque!

The traditional French game of Pétanque is another great way to combine both culture, sport and outdoor learning.   We explore How to play pétanque  in our video and activity resource included in our Primary French Olympics Lingobox.  

If you are keen to play but don’t have any French boules, I would recommend asking both family and friends.  Quite often people have an old set in a garage or garden shed, waiting for the next sunny day for a game!  Otherwise, you could also try asking your associated or local secondary school.  Modern Languages departments usually have a few sets which they maybe able to lend you.  Perhaps they could even join in and you could create a tournement!

French boules are also available to buy online. I’ve linked a set below on Amazon which aren’t too expensive.  They are also often something which appears in the middle aisles of supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl as we approach summer!

French boules Amazon

Pétanque is also a great way to use numbers to count points – les points.   You’ll find a guide to French points in out next activity!

Use French Sports Language

Whether you have a sports day in your school or just as part of games, PE or other sports activities, you can always build in a little bit of extra French!  Here are some suggestions which you’ll also find in our French Sports Language Pack.

A vos marques!  
A vos marques, prêts, partez!  =  On your marks, get set, go!

This is such a handy expresssion for a teacher as you can use it in so many different contexts such as starting games, starting tidying up, as part of sports day races etc.  You’ll also find our fun A vos marques!  song and dancing video on both our website and on our Youtube channel below:

Am, stram, gram! 

The French ryhme Am, stram, gram is a nonsense song which is used to pick someone for a game.   It’s the equivalent of Eenie, Meenie, Miny Mo in English.   The image below is taken from our French Sports Language Pack   which includes both a song and spoken version of the rhyme.

Am stram gram
Am stram gram
Points in French 

As mentioned above, giving scores in French is a great way to use French numbers as part of games and activities.  We explain and model the specifics of the phonics with support audio files in our support pack below

Points in french