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French

Year Three

Overview

Bonjour
  • Simple greetings;
  • All about me;
  • Questions about name and age;
  • Classroom routines and instructions.
Les Animaux
  • Names of animals;
  • Questions about pets;
  • Likes and dislikes.
Dans Ma Classe
  • Names of classroom objects;
  • Numbers 1-30;
  • Position words.
Ma Famille
  • Naming family members;
  • Introducing family members.
Ma Maison
  • Naming the rooms in the house;
  • Furniture.
Matisse
  • Colours;
  • Shapes.

Core Grammar

Topics ‘Bonjour’ and “Les animaux’:
  • Letter strings -oi, eu;
  • Links between some sounds and spellings;
  • Understand that the final consonant is rarely pronounced;
  • Understanding intonation patterns;
  • Recognise a question form;
  • Recognise a key word in a question;
  • Recognise nouns and verbs in French;
  • Write a simple sentence : ‘J’ai un chat’.
Topics ‘Dans ma classe’ and ‘Ma famille’:
  • Auditory discrimination between indefinite articles ‘un/une/des’;
  • Auditory discrimination between definite articles ‘la/le/l’/ les;
  • Understanding simple rules for converting singular to plural.
Topics ‘Ma maison’ and ‘Matisse’:
  • Use mental associations to help remember words;
  • Introduce prepositions : ‘dans, derriere, sur, devant’;
  • Recognise an adjective in French.

Culture and Traditions

  • Animals in France;
  • Family spirit in France;
  • French art and the Louvre.

Progression of Skills

Curiosity and Cultural Awareness:

Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources

  • Being accustomed to the concept of a foreign culture/s;
  • Diversity – how do different cultures compare to ours?;
  • Foster pupil’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.
Linking Languages

Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learned

  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied.
Expression of Ideas

Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied; understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources

  • Write some familiar simple words using a model of and from memory, e.g. familiar nouns, adjectives.
Confidence in Communicating

Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources; speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation

  • Communicate with others using simple words, phrases and short sentences, e.g. greetings, simple personal information;
  • Use correct pronunciation when speaking and show awareness of sound spelling links.

 Year Four

Overview

Le Corps
  • Name parts of the body;
  • Describing ailments and illnesses.
Les Vêtements
  • Items of clothing;
  • Colours;
  • Numbers 1-100 (prices).
La Nourriture Et La Boisson
  • Naming foods;
  • Asking for food and drink;
  • Names of meals;
  • Crockery and cutlery.

Core Grammar

Topic 'Le corps':
  • Identify nouns, adjectives and verbs in a sentence;
  • Understand that all nouns have a gender;
  • Working on singular words becoming irregular when plural (un oeil - des yeux).
Topic 'Les vêtements':
  • Understand that adjectives can change spellings depending on genders.
Topic 'La nourriture et la boisson':
  • Understanding negation in French;
  • Introduction of ‘polite’ verbs;
  • Using partitive articles in French accordingly.

Culture and Tradition

  • Epiphany;
  • Holidays;
  • French traditions.

Progression of Skills

Curiosity and Cultural Awareness:

Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources

  • ‘Learning another way to think about things’;
  • Culture differences and resemblance between English / French speaking countries;
  • Diversity – how do different cultures compare to ours?
Linking Languages

Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learned

  • Continuing understanding basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied;
  • Understand where relevant feminine, masculine forms.
Expression of Ideas

Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied; understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources

  • Write some familiar words, phrases and simple sentences;
  • Read and understand familiar written words, phrase and short text made of simple sentences, e.g. in familiar stories, character descriptions, poems and rhymes.
Confidence in Communicating

Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources; speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation

  • Communicate by asking and answering a wider range of questions and presenting short pieces of information;
  • Apply phonic knowledge.

Year Five

Overview

Ma Ville
  • Where you live;
  • Places in the local area;
  • Simple directions;
  • Names of shops;
  • Numbers beyond 100.
Les Transports
  • Means of transport;
  • Saying where you are going.
La Date
  • Today's date;
  • Days of the week;
  • Months of the year.

Core Grammar

Topic 'Ma ville':
  • Learning interrogative pronouns: ’oú , quand, pourquoi’.
Topic 'Les transports':
  • Introducing verb conjugation with 'aller';
  • Learning personal pronouns.
Topic 'La date':
  • Ordinal and cardinal numbers;
  • Link with Latin;
  • No capital letters with months/days of the week.

Culture and Tradition

  • NHS in France;
  • La mode et les uniformes en école;
  • Establishing a link with French correspondents in Le Mans (letters/skype);
  • Traditional French meals and eating habits.

Progression of Skills

Curiosity and Cultural Awareness:

Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources

  • Establish a strong link with our French pen pals;
  • Compare traditions in France and England;
  • Introduce some traditions in other countries (Spain/Germany);
  • Diversity – how do different traditions compare to ours?
Linking Languages

Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learned

  • Recognise patterns when building sentences and apply knowledge of grammatical rules.
Expression of Ideas

Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied; understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources

  • Write simple sentences and short texts using a model and dictionary to check the spelling of words.
Confidence in Communicating

Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources; speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation

  • Take part in short conversations using familiar structures and vocabulary and present information to others;
  • Understand and express simple opinions.

Year Six

Overview

La Date
  • Dates and names of festivals;
  • Birthdays;
  • Number revision.
Le Temps
  • Describing the weather;
  • Types of clothing;
  • Seasons;
  • Points of the compass.
Sports Et Loisirs
  • Sports;
  • Leisure;
  • Likes and dislikes.
Ma Journeé
  • Asking and saying the time;
  • Daily routines.
A l'École 
  • School subjects;
  • Expressing opinions.
Ma Planète
  • Solar system;
  • Our earth.
Spanish/German
  • Greetings;
  • Numbers.

Core Grammar

Topics 'La date' and 'Le temps':
  • Preposition: ‘avant/après’;
  • Link with Latin;
  • Translation of ‘il fait’.
Topics 'Sports et loisirs' and ''Ma journeé':
  • Introducing of the verb ‘aimer’ and the conjugation;
  • Introduce ‘moins/et’ for the time, making the link with maths;
  • Reflexive verbs: ‘se lever’ etc.
Topics 'A l'école' and 'Ma planète'
  • Introducing opinion verbs;
  • Introducing comparative and superlative.
Spanish/German:
  • Link with Latin and other languages;
  • Key pronunciation.

Culture and Traditions

  • French history key dates (French Revolution 1789);
  • French Festivals key dates (1er mai – Lily of the Valley;
  • Map of France;
  • Compare English/French Schooling (timetable etc.);
  • Continue our Franco–English link with our correspondents in Le Mans (letters/Skype);
  • Family French breakfast;
  • Introduce the French ‘goûter’ at 4pm;
  • French traditional games during playtime;
  • French leisure for children;
  • The importance of learning any foreign language.

Progression of Skills

Curiosity and Cultural Awareness:

Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources

  • Carry on with our connection with our French correspondents;
  • Study in depth different traditions in France;
  • Introduce traditions in other countries (Spain/Germany);
  • Diversity – how do different traditions compare to ours?
Linking Languages

Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learned

  • Understand how grammar differ from or are similar to English.
Expression of Ideas

Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied; understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources

  • Write sentences and construct short texts using a model and from memory, using knowledge of words, text and structure.
Confidence in Communicating

Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources; speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation

  • Understand the main points and simple opinions in spoken sources;
  • Use spoken language to initiate and sustain simple conversations on familiar topics and to describe incidents or tell stories from own experience;
  • Express and justify opinion.

Christmas/New Year:

For each year group Christmas/New Year celebrations in France, Spain and Germany will be introduced to the children (food tasting, songs, craft activities).