French

 

Languages Curriculum

Y5 LEARNING SUMMARY

FRENCH

In Y5 the children are introduced to French and focus on basic skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading  and Writing. During year 5 the children will work on learning common and frequently used words. They will also work on  accurate pronunciation of words. In their conversation work the children will be able to ask and answer simple questions as well as being able to describe themselves in detail. The children will also read French stories and begin to translate a simple sentences between French and English and English to English to aid in their understanding. The children will be able to construct simple sentences with the help of an example and will be able to talk about their likes and dislikes in relation to the topics we study.

Some of the topics covered in Year 5 include: greetings, describing ourselves, numbers, days of the week and months of the year, colours, Food, animals among others. We also spend time looking at french culture mainly focusing on celebrations and festivals.

In year 5 we have seven units of study:

  1. Greetings
  2. French Phonics
  3. Celebrations
  4. Portraits
  5. L’histoires
  6. Les nourriture et les boissons
  7. On y Va [All aboard] 

 

Y6 LEARNING SUMMARY

FRENCH

In Y6 the children build on the skills introduced to them last year. There is a still a big focus on all key areas of development, Speaking, Listening, Reading  and Writing however the children will be introduced to more complex sentence structures and the children will be expected to have accurate spelling and pronunciation. The children will be expected to know how to talk about their likes and dislike with out any help and the children will also start to use connectives in their sentences to extend their ideas. The children will be introduced to using a translation dictionary and will be expected to translate a several sentences of French with accuracy. This is a new requirement for Y6 pupils introduced in the 2014 National curriculum however the children will have started to develop their translation skills in Y5 during the “L’histoires” unit of work.

Some of the topics covered in Year 6 include: Using numbers (age, birthdays etc…) and working with higher numbers. The children will also look in detail at where they live and will look at places in the town as well as looking at countries around the world. The children will also learn about the geography about France and will compare locations with those familiar to them. Other topics covered include talking about family, asking for help, weather, free time and animals among others.

In year 6 we have six units of study:

  1. Bonjour
  2. J’habite ici
  3. Chez moi
  4. Les animaux
  5. Des Fêtes and Festivals
  6. Qu’est-ce que tu fais?

 

Y7 LEARNING SUMMARY

FRENCH

In Y7 the children continue to build the skills developed in previous years with  the children developing their Speaking, Listening, Reading  and Writing skills. During year 7 there is a shift towards more complex grammar being introduced to the children in order for them to gain access to higher level skills. In their speaking the children are expected to be able to form their own simple questions and hold a short conversation of 2-3 sentences with limited support form the class teacher. In terms of their reading and listening skills the children are expected to be able to pick out key pieces of information from a recording or a short passage of text. In their wriitng the children will be able to construct more complex sentences including accurate use of punctuation and spelling. The use of connectives should be common place and the children should start to add reasons to their wriitng. The children should also start to demonstate an awareness of different tenses and will be expected to be able to confidently form present and future tense verbs in the first person.  The children will be expected to become more independent in their language skills and will use a translation dictionary accuratly and confidently to find a chosen word which will help the children to communicate what they want to say without relying on examples or teacher support.

Some of the topics covered in Year 7 include: places in the town and locations of  towns, giving and understanding directions, telling the time (12 and 24 hour). The children will also be expected to describe their morning routines, what they have at meal times and will look into healthy eating. They will also look at school routines and give opinions on this. The children will also learn how to communicate politly as well as learn practical vocabulary particulaly useful for use on the French trip such as food and drink, money , shopping, likes and dislikes.

In year 7 we have five units of study:

  1. KS2 Revision
  2. En ville
  3. Un journée scolaire
  4. C’est bon ça !
  5. Amuse-toi bien!


Y8 LEARNING SUMMARY

FRENCH

In Y8 the children continue to build the skills developed in their Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing througout the last three years. The children will continure to develop their understanding of more complex grammar particularly in the terms of use a variety of tenses confidently when communicating. In their speaking the children are expected to be able to hold a short conversation and be able to ask questions unaided to furhter the conversation. In terms of their reading and listening skills the children are expected to be able to understand the majority of information given to them in a recording and are expected to understand the key points form a longer passage of text. In their wriitng the children will be able to construct more complex sentences including accurate use of punctuation and spelling. The use of connectives and sentence starters as well as extra vocaulary being used in sentence to add detail and further meaning should be common place. The children should be able to write sentences in the past, present and future tenses. The children should also be aware how to write in the third person as well as the first. The children continue to be independent in their language skills and will continue to use resources avasiliable to them such as a translation dictionary to accuratly and confidently find a chosen word. The children are also expected to be able to add reasons to their sentences to justify preferences.

Some of the topics covered in Year 8 include: Hobbies and free time, transport, France around the world, features and locations of towns, food and drink, holidays, going to the doctors and being ill and future plans.

In year 8 we have six units of study:

  1. Les activities/ En vacances
  2. Aider á la maison
  3. Le Passé
  4. En Voyage
  5. Ça va?
  6. Rendez-vous!

 

Y8 TRANSITION: ADDITIONAL LANGUAGES SPANISH/ GERMAN

To aid in the transition to high school in the last half of the summer term the children have an introductory Spanish or German unit of work to prepare them for the subject which they will pick up in September along side French. The topic is largly conversation based and focuses on giving the children a broad introduction to the language. The children enjoy this topic of work and find a lot of similarities with their existing French knowledge as well as with English. The topics covered include:

  • Greetings
  • Numbers
    Alphabet
  • Where you live
    Colours
  • Describing ourselves
  • Hobbies and Freetime
  • Food
    Spain and Spanish culture
  • Clothing
  • Parts of the body

Extracurricular Activities

 KS3 FRANCE TRIP

During the Summer term Y7/Y8 are  given the opportunity to attend a week long visit to France. During this visit the children get to interact with French culture first hand and get to put their language skills to use. To prepare the children for this the children attend compulsary conversation classes prior to the trip. During this trip have free time to explore various towns and attractions around Northern France. The children also get to sample French cuisine, something which the children particularly look forward to, especially trying Escargot (Snails!). Places we have visited in the past include:

Normandy:

Bayeux Tapestry and Bayeux Town

Arromanches 360 cinema and Arromanches Town

The American War Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.

Mont Saint Michel

St Malo

This trip is incredibly beneficial to the children’s language development in terms of their general confidence in speaking the language as well as their understanding of French culture. There are also many cross curricular links made during the trip particularly with History and Geography.

Spanish Club

A weekly after school Spanish club runs for all year groups. We cover a range of basic topics as well as others  decided by the children. We primarily on conversation skills through games, role play and other practical activities.

 

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