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French

 Children’s journey into learning modern foreign language begins in Year 3. French is the language we have chosen to study and we cover the curriculum in six distinct ways:

  • Through listening to and joining in with songs and rhymes
  • Through classroom instructions, games, quizzes and oral activities
  • Through conversation
  • Through exploring a range of stories
  • Through writing
  • Through the Duolingo learning programme (upper KS2)

In Year 3, children are introduced to a small selection of high-frequency 1st person verbs, as well as vocabulary that relate to a particular topic. Throughout the year, the children will have the opportunity to hear and say words, phrases and sentences in a variety of contexts such as through songs, rhymes, class games, quizzes, book studies and conversation. By the end of Year 3, children are expected to use the vocabulary they have learned to speak in simple sentences using the 1st person.

 For example, when prompted by the teacher: In French, how do you say ‘I have a brother’? the child is able to say J’ai un frère.

In Year 4, children build on their understanding of verbs to include 1st person negative. Throughout the year, the children will have the opportunity to hear and say words, phrases and sentences in a variety of contexts such as through songs, rhymes, class games, quizzes, book studies and conversation. By the end of Year 4, children are expected to use the vocabulary they have learned to speak in simple sentences using the 1st person to make positive and negative statements and to ask simple questions. They will also have developed a wider vocabulary, as outlined below.

For example, when prompted by the teacher: In French, how do you say ‘I don’t like apples? the child is able to say Je n’aime pas des pommes.

In Year 5, children extend their grammatical understanding by building sentences using the 1st and 3rd person. They develop their sentence building to include questions and begin to engage in simple conversations involving questions, 3rd person responses, plurals, adjectives. By the end of Year 5, children will be able to speak in simple sentences in response to questions posed in French. They will also begin to write and adapt phrases to create sentences and describe people, places, actions and things in writing.

An example of teacher/pupil dialogue:

Tu aime des pommes? Oui, J’aime des pommes.

Il aime des pommes? Non, il n’aime pas des pommes.

Qu’est-ce que c’est ? C’est une pomme rouge

In Year 6, children extend their grammatical understanding further by adding conjunctions and a greater range of adjectives. They develop their sentence building to include questions and engage in simple conversations, asking and answering questions and using 1stand 3rd person responses, plurals, adjectives. By the end of Year 6, children will be able to speak in simple sentences in response to questions posed in French. They will also begin to write and adapt phrases to create sentences and describe people, places, actions and things in writing.

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