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Weald Rise
Primary School

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striving for excellence

Starting in Year 3, all children have the opportunity to learn French at Weald Rise Primary School. Every week, children experience exciting lessons delivered by a French specialist teacher, learning the language in a range of different ways including singing songs, chanting rhymes and participating in role play.

In June 2019, a large group of Year 4 and Year 5 pupils travelled to France for the day to practise their speaking and listening skills as well as to experience French culture in reality. Travelling by the shuttle, they enjoyed visiting Boulogne Sur-Mer old town, seeing the largest sea life centre in Europe as well as shopping in the hypermarket near Calais.


Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring Summer 

Getting to know you

Greet each other

Exchange names

Ask how someone is

Count to 20

Say how old you are

j'ai- I have, il/elle est- it is

Nursery Rhymes

At School

Understand and follow classroom instructions

Objects in pencil case

Ask questions/ read written questions

Christmas Rhymes

Song: Sacre Charlemagne








Animals and Colours

Focus on gender articles (definite and indefinite)

Focus on plurals and adjectives (position and basic agreement)

Core vocabulary of 9 animal nouns and 6 colours

Key verbs: il/elle est’ (he/she/it is), ‘ils sont’ (they are), il y a (there is/are)

Song: Old MacDonald

Story: Les quatre musiciens de Breme











Retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in French

Knowledge of vocabulary linked to numbers, days of the week, fruits and food

Perform the story using either pictures or video.

Story: La chenille qui fait des trous













Know the numbers up to 31

Days of the week

Months of the year

Asking when it is your birthday and giving the date

Vocabulary linked to birthdays

Christmas vocabulary

Know how the Epiphany is celebrated in France

Song: Joyeux anniversaire/ Noel, joyeux noel/ Petit Papa Noel







More about Me

Shapes and prepositions of place linked to an art project focusing on the work of Matisse

Learn the parts of the body and face 

Describe themselves

Artist: Matisse

Song: Tete, epaules, genoux et pieds










Family Members and Pets

Retell the story 'The Giant Turnip'.

Learn how to say J'ai un/une...qui s'appelle... and apply this in the context of pets.

Learn adjectives for describing personality and physical description (hair and eyes).

Use key verbs in the 3rd person singular: 'a', 'est', 'ont', 'sont'

Children create a family tree in French.







Getting to Know You

Apply previous knowledge from Y3 and Y4

Learn to express their emotions and talk about the future using two tenses

Apply previous knowledge of topic areas such as clothes and the body

Learn to describe their own appearance .

Talk about their emotions and health, increasing conversational skills.

Songs and stories about the body in French

Role play: Visit to the doctor












Sports, hobbies and opinions

Talk about different sports activities

Practise using a dictionary to look up unknown words

Describe sports using simple sentences e.g. je fais, c'est and il y a for their peers to guess

Say which sports they like/ dislike using aimer + infinitive verb












Different instruments

Use dictionaries to look up different instruments.

Use opinions in the context of different types of music and give reasons using 'parce que'

Use the language they have learnt to create short raps or songs about food, sports or music.

Pupils will perform the raps  or songs they have created.

Artist: Chopin















Review of greetings, numbers and where I live.

Learn vocabulary for places in a town.

Build sentences saying what there is 'il y a' and what there is not 'il n'y a pas de'

Develop dictionary and memory skills

Describing the weather

Know words for seasons and climate 

Study the French poem 'L'automne' and perform in small groups

















Revision and consolidation of essential KS2 language

Learning how to ask for and give the time.

Extend food and drink vocabulary.

Learn how to say when mealtimes are  and what they usually have, comparing eating habits with people from other countries.

Give opinions of different food and drink.

Complete a food diary

Song: Le facteur n'est pas passe
















Travel and Transport

Extend use of 'er' irregular verbs in the present tense  (aller).

Gain basic understanding of the geography of France, including the countries that border France.

Say where they live and where they come from.

Be aware of La Francophonie and why French is spoken in so many different countries.

Write a critical review of a French film set in Africa, expressing opinions and using acquired adjectives.