Mrs V Harper – French Lead

At Hillfort we want our children to be outward looking.  Although we are very proud of our Cornish and British heritage, we want our children to be proud members of the global community.  And where better to start than by learning the language of our closest friends – the French! 

Once children start in Key Stage 2, children will be taught to express thoughts and ideas, to communicate for real and practical situations, and to even read extracts from admired French literature.

We follow the ‘Rising Stars’ Euro Stars French programme throughout Key Stage 2.  This programme offers French teaching in areas such as how to describe yourself and your hobbies; how to sing in French, and even how to participate in French celebrations!

Throughout lessons, children will listen to the French language, learn how to speak and how to write in French, and how to read French for understanding.  A Hillfort, nous parlons francais!

Long Term Planning

Hillfort Specific

Cultural Isolation
Have the opportunity to experience listening to a different language. Help children to understand what it is to be a global citizen. This includes the importance of tolerance and understanding. Learning a language is ‘a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.’ (DFE: September 2013)
Oracy
Linguistic progression and developing children’s self-confidence and subject knowledge in order to converse with one another.

Concepts ‘The Pillars of progression’

Grammar (progression of)
Present simple tense and present continuous tense
Simple future tense and future continuous tense
Develop the use of nouns, verbs, pronouns, conjunctions, adjectives and articles.
Vocabulary
High-frequency words
(nouns, adjectives, conjunctions and verbs)
Phonics
Clear and reliable pronunciation and the links between sounds and spelling are integral parts of second language learning.
Focus on the meaning-bearing sounds and how the phonemes are written and how the written word is pronounced.

Skills

Transferable skills
These include the following:
Continuing to develop speaking and listening skills, gaining a better understanding of the English language (by looking at the etymology of some French words) and having a greater understanding of linguistic structures and grammar as well as continuing to develop the children’s skills of reading (and reading for understanding) as well as writing.
Speaking and Listening
Make connections between what the children hear and the written word.
To develop accurate pronunciation and intonation.
To develop the skills of conversing with one another.
Reading for Understanding
When the children read the French words and phrases (and later, the sentences) they will have heard the pronunciation and have built up their knowledge of vocabulary over time in order to aid their understanding of what they have read.
SpellingEnsuring that vocabulary is remembered over time
At the beginning of each lesson, focus on the ‘Wordbank Flashcards’ section which enables children to revise key words in previous and current units.
unit as an assessment.
Writing
To orally construct a sentence before writing it.
To write words, phrases and sentences in French.
By the end of Year 6, children should be able to write a letter/email to a class member or a peer in the French-speaking school which they have made links with.

Curriculum Maps:

Year 3
All About Me (6 weeks)Focus on listening to French.
 
Greetings.
 
Learn the numbers from 1 – 20.
 
What are you called? How old are you?
 
Learn one of the French songs (which uses numbers 1 – 20)
 
European Languages Day (26/9/21): afternoon focus of Week 4
Set up a link with a partner school in France.
Games and Songs (6 weeks)Over-view of new vocabulary linked to games and songs.
 
Revise words and phrases from previous session and use numbers from 1 – 20 in a context.
 
Focus on sentences linked to games and songs and numbers.
 
Introduce names of five types of animals in French and link to numbers.
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Final week of termReinforcement and consolidation week
Celebrations (6 weeks)Introduction to birthday greeting.
 
Discuss different celebrations in France and compare with ones in Britain.
 
Use the present simple tense in sentences using subject and verb.
 
Introduce the negative: ‘ne…pas.’
 
The months of the year. Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Portraits (6 weeks)Introduction to the French for the different colours.
 
Introduction to the names of facial features which are linked to the colours.
Learn a song in French (which refers to names of the body parts.)
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Final week of termReinforcement and consolidation week
The Four Friends (6 weeks)Introduce the names of five more different animals.
 
Construct sentences in present simple tense linked to what the animals are associated with.
 
Link the above to the children’s knowledge of colours.
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Growing Things (6 weeks)Introduction of five types of vegetables.
 
Revise ‘J’aime’ and ‘Je n’aime pas’ in the context of vegetables.
Learn a song in French which focuses on the pronunciation of ‘on.’
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Final week of termReinforcement and consolidation week
Year 4
All AboardEuropean Languages Day: afternoon focus of Week 3
 
Set up a link with a partner school in France.
 
Learn the names of different types of weather and modes of transport.
 
Learn the days of the week.
 
 Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Pocket MoneyLearn the numbers from 11 – 30.
 
Learn how to give their opinion (of a toy) in French.
 
Extend children’s vocabulary of different food types.
 
 Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Final week of termReinforcement and consolidation week
Tell Me a StoryLearn the numbers from 31 – 100.
 
Learn a set of commands.
 
Learn about the masculine and feminine form of adjectives.
 
Practise reading a story (Sleeping Beauty) aloud in French.
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Our Sporting LivesExtend children’s vocabulary of different types of food.
Complete sentences using different determiners.
 
Construct sentences using the days of the week followed by an activity.
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Final week of termReinforcement and consolidation week
Carnivals of AnimalsLearn to tell the time (on the hour.)
 
Construct sentences with a subject, verb and prepositional phrase.
 
Extend children’s vocabulary of adjectives.
 
Extend the children’s vocabulary of animals.
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
What’s the Weather Like?Use fronted adverbials within sentences.
 
Learn how to say temperatures (associated with weather) in French.
 
Extend children’s vocabulary of different clothes and types of weather.
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Final week of termReinforcement and consolidation week
Year 5
Healthy EatingEuropean Languages Day: afternoon focus of Week 3
 
Continue to develop links with French-speaking school (from Year 4)
 
Learn the names of different foods and identify the gender of each and use the words in sentences.
 
 Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
I am the Music ManLearn the names of musical instruments and identify the gender of each and use the words in sentences.
 
Use ‘je’ and ‘tu’ in their sentences and questions to one another.
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Final week of termReinforcement and consolidation week
On the Way to SchoolLearn the French alphabet.
 
Learn the names of shops/facilities.
 
Learn directions: left/right.
 
Use ‘ou est?’ and ‘c’est’ at the beginning of questions and answers.
 
Use common verbs: ‘je vais,’ ‘je tourney,’ ‘je traverse.’
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Beach SceneLearn words associated with the beach and identify the gender of each of these words and use them in sentences.
 
Learn to use
’Il y a’ at the beginning of a sentence and the plural of high-frequency verbs.
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Final week of termReinforcement and consolidation week
The Return of SpringLearn the names of the seasons and re-cap on the months of the year.
 
Re-cap on names of animals, adjectives such as froid (cold) and colours.
 
Construct sentences with a fronted adverbial, prepositional phrase, noun and adjective.
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
The PlanetsLearn the names of the planets.
 
Use the names of the planets in sentences using adjectives.
 
Identify verbs, nouns and adjectives within a piece of text.
 
Construct sentences using a subject, verb, conjunction, noun, preposition and adjective.
Final week of termReinforcement and consolidation week
Year 6
Our SchoolEuropean Languages Day: afternoon focus of Week 3. Children write an email/letter to a peer in the French-speaking school they have made connections with.
 
Learn vocabulary associated with a normal school day.
 
Construct sentences using days of the week, subjects and the time of day.
 
Re-cap on colours and adjectives and the gender of these.
 
Read a piece of text and be able to retrieve key information from it.
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
The World about usLearn more names of countries and the continents.
 
Link countries to names of animals which are associated with that country.
 
Construct sentences using a fronted adverbial, a subject, noun, adjective, prepositional phrase and conjunction.
 
Re-cap on first, second and third person.
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Final week of termReinforcement and consolidation week
Then and NowIntroduce the past simple tense.
 
Re-cap on vocabulary associated with shops/facilities.
 
Re-cap on the vocabulary for different items of clothing and introduce new ones.
 
Re-cap on the first, second and third person.
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Out and AboutUsing numbers in the context of money.
 
Learn the names of fairground rides and the gender of these.
 
Construct sentences using a fronted adverbial, a subject, noun, adjective, prepositional phrase and conjunction.
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Final week of termReinforcement and consolidation week
Setting up a cafeLearn when to use ‘n’… pas’ when the verb starts with a vowel.
 
Continue to use the past simple tense.
 
Introduce the progressive form of the future tense.
 
Learn the vocabulary associated with a café and how to order an item/s and respond appropriately.
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
What’s in the news?Continue to use the progressive form of the future tense.
 
Continue to use ‘n’…pas’ when the verb starts with a vowel.
 
Use time of day in the context of a timetable of television programmes.
 
An introduction of when to use the cedilla in French.
 
Follow the ‘Story board’ which is a conversation.
 
Complete the ‘Challenge’ which assesses the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Final week of termReinforcement and consolidation week