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.
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Getting to know you
Greet each other
Ask how someone is
Count to 20
Say how old you are
j'ai- I have, il/elle est- it is
Understand and follow classroom instructions
Objects in pencil case
Ask questions/ read written questions
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
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
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
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.
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.