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French

 The languages curriculum begins formally in Key Stage 2. We focus on the French language at St Margaret's Lee and all KS2 classes are taught French regularly.

Children will:

  • hear French being spoken as part of the school daily routine
  • listen to, and join in with songs and rhymes – both traditional French songs or French versions of familiar English songs/rhymes
  • be encouraged to ask and answer age-appropriate questions in French
  • see relevant French vocabulary displayed around the school
  • take part in French events throughout the year appropriate to their Key Stage

EYFS and KS1

In Early Years and Key Stage 1, children learn French games and songs, as well as how to introduce themselves. There are introduced to basic French vocabulary throughout the school day. e.g. bonjour tout le monde, merci, au revoir 

KS2

Using the package 'Euro Stars' as a stimulus, teachers provide children with a variety of opportunities to build up their French vocabulary and develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Pupils often use iPads in French lessons, sometimes to record their spoken work or to make photo-books about what they have learnt. In addition, children explore similarities and differences between French and English and start to collect language learning strategies that they could apply to another language they might learn at secondary school. They also develop their intercultural understanding, discovering what life is like for children in France.

The table below details the topics and expectations throughout Y3-6:

Year 3

  1. Moi (All about me)
  2. Jeux et chansons (Games and songs)
  3. On fait la fête (Celebrations)
  4. Portraits (Portraits)
  5. Les quatre amis (The four friends)
  6. Ça pousse! (Growing things)

Year 4

  1. On y va (All aboard)
  2. L’argent de poche (Pocket money)
  3. Raconte-moi une histoire! (Tell me a story)
  4. Vive le sport! (Our sporting lives)
  5. Le Carnaval des Animaux (The Carnival of Animals)
  6. Quel temps fait-il? (What's the weather like?)

Year 5

  1. Bon appétite, bonne santé (Healthy eating)
  2. Je suis le musician (I am the music man)
  3. En route pour l’école (On the way to school)
  4. Scène de plage (Beach scene)
  5. Le retour du printemps (The return of spring)
  6. Les planètes (The planets)

Year 6

  1. Notre école (Our school)
  2. Notre monde (The world about us)
  3. Le passé et le present (Then and now)
  4. Monter un café (Setting up a café)
  5. Quoi de neuf? (What’s in the news?)

Reading Skills

  • Pupils can read a label or a sentence and say whether a statement is true or false.
  • Pupils can read a short text and say whether a statement is true or false.
  • Pupils can read a short text and answer comprehension questions.
  • They can also use a dictionary to work out the meaning of unfamiliar words.
  • Pupils can read a longer text, and answer comprehension questions.
  • They can also work out the meaning of some unfamiliar words using contextual clues and their knowledge of cognates. 

Writing Skills

  • Pupils can copy words, label objects and fill in the blanks.
  • Pupils can write sentences with the support of an example. 
  • Pupils can write short paragraphs with the support of an example.
  • Pupils can write short paragraphs, including some adjectives, adverbs and questions. 

In addition, each class will complete a cross-curricular project, where they can creatively combine their language skills with a class topic.

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