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Since 2015, it has become compulsory for all children to learn a foreign language at Key stage 2.
At Key Stage 2, children have weekly French lessons, in which we hope to develop children’s enthusiasm for learning a foreign language, by making the lessons as active and fun as possible and giving opportunities to children of all abilities to communicate in the foreign language.
The French language is introduced through rhymes, stories and songs. Repetition of language is reinforced by mimes, games and role-play.
Examples of games include:
Guessing games – What am I thinking ?
Guess the mime
Competitive games – Os and Xs, Touch the picture, Elevens, Battleships
Games in pairs – Matching pairs, Pictionary, Guess who?
Party games – Pass the parcel, Simon says, Colours
Children go on to write French, using word banks to help them to build increasingly complex sentences. We look at nouns, adjectives, connectives and verbs, building on children’s understanding of their first language. Language learning strategies acquired in French, including using a bi-lingual dictionary, should help with the learning of other foreign languages in the future.
With the aim of promoting an interest and curiosity in the wider world, children explore French culture through topics about festivals, food, geography, sport, music and school life.
The French curriculum is based upon many of the units from the QCA scheme of work (2009), which ensures that the topics studied build upon children’s prior learning in a fun and challenging way. Many topics complement work done in other subject areas – e.g. time, date, numbers, space, rivers.
For the QCA Scheme of work for Key Stage 2, please click here.
Click here to view the progression of skills in Modern Foreign Languages.
No foreign languages are studied in year 1.
No foreign languages are studied in year 2.
Unit 1 – Comment t’appelles-tu? – introducing yourself – name, age and how are you?
Unit 2 – Qu’est-ce que tu préfères? – party games, playground games, simple opinions and numbers to 20
Unit 3 – Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire? – seasons, months, days, and dates – numbers to 31 and birthdays
Unit 4 – Qui suis-je? – colours, body parts and descriptions – Guess who?
Unit 5 – (Not QCA) Tu as des animaux domestiques? – animals, simple adjectives, plurals and negatives
Unit 7 – Où vas-tu? – transport and French-speaking countries
Unit 8 – C’est combien? – likes and dislikes, simple opinions, numbers to 39 and shopping
Unit 9 – Racontes-moi une histoire! – re-telling the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, descriptions, tens numbers to 100
Unit 10 – C’est bon pour la santé? – healthy and unhealthy foods, sports and hobbies
Unit 12 – Qu’est-ce qu’il me faut? – weather, temperature (including minus), and clothes
Unit 13 – Qu’est-ce que tu aimes manger? – snack foods, likes and dislikes, food tasting
Unit 14 – Tu aimes la musique? – reasons for opinions, styles of music, and musical instruments
Unit 15 – Où est….., s’il vous plaît? – places in town, asking for and giving directions
Unit 16 – (Not QCA) Ta chambre, c’est comment? – describing your bedroom, and what you do in your bedroom
Unit 18 – C’est quelle planète? – planets, descriptions – colour, size and position
Unit 19 – Quelle heure est-il? – time, school subjects, daily routines, Qu’est-ce que tu fais à l’école? – school uniform, school life in France
Unit 20 – C’est en quel continent? – continents, weather and the simple future tense – Qu’est-ce que tu vas faire? – jobs, future tense , the verb to be
Unit 21 – Vous désirez? – creating a café – buying food and ice creams, café role-play, money and making a croque-monsieur
If you have any enquires please use the contact details below. Please state the nature of your enquiry and who you wish to speak to. Mrs Smith is the named first point of contact for all enquires.
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44 St. Johns Street
Long Eaton, NG10 1BW
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Telephone: 0115 973 2846