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The emphasis throughout their French lessons, is to get the children to enjoy the sounds of another language, through songs, rhymes and games, initially.  Using correct pronunciation is very important and this is encouraged from the outset of their language learning.

As the children progress through the basic topics of greetings, saying their names and ages, colours, numbers etc, they are encouraged to have short conversations, using the language they are becoming familiar with.  In this way, the children see the purpose for their learning and they enjoy being able to make themselves understood in the new language.  As the children become more confident in using the language and learn more vocabulary, they can present their work orally, in presentations and role play activities.

The children complete written activities, copy-writing words and phrases, at first, but moving onto writing longer sentences from Y4, re-using known skills in different ways, eg using the adjectives of colour and size when describing clothes or pets and extending verb use to 2nd and 3rd person.  In this way, the children can start to manipulate the language, by starting from the known, to experimenting with the unknown.

The children also have access to a variety of reading materials, such as the books in the library and the sets of books, which are used in lessons.  The children have stories read to them on a regular basis, many of which they can then read themselves.  They are encouraged to attempt to decode unfamiliar words and phrases, using the picture illustrations and familiar known words to help them.

French culture is also taught, when the opportunities arise and the children become familiar with French festivals and customs.  They see short videos on a regular basis, which portray everyday life and the geography of France.

FRENCH KEY SKILLS  Y3

  • To be able to understand short spoken passages made up of familiar language.
  • To be able to have short paired conversations, where they are saying 2/3 things.
  • To be able to read and understand short texts, using familiar language, based on the current topic.
  • To be able to write single words and very simple phrases.

FRENCH KEY SKILLS  Y4

  • To be able to understand short spoken passages made up of familiar language.
  • To be able to have short paired conversations, where they are saying 3 or more things.
  • To be able to read and understand short texts, using familiar language.
  • To be able to write single words, phrases and short sentences.

FRENCH KEY SKILLS  Y5

  • To be able to understand longer spoken passages made up of familiar language.
  • To be able to have longer paired conversations, where they are saying 3/4 things.
  • To be able to use context to work out unfamiliar words.
  • To be able to write short sentences and be able to adapt and substitute individual words.

FRENCH KEY SKILLS Y6

  • To be able to understand longer spoken passages made up of familiar language.
  • To be able to have longer paired conversations, where they are saying 4 or more things.
  • To be able to use context to work out unfamiliar words.
  • To be able to write short sentences and be able to adapt and substitute individual words.
  • To be able to use a dictionary to check words they have learned and to find unfamiliar words, linked to the topic.

Speaking French in Year 3

French Singing Year 3

French Writing Year 5

 Long Term Plan