Languages: Lower Key Stage 2 French

Lesson plans and teacher videos to instill confidence in your teaching of French

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We aim to instil a love of language learning within children, encouraging them to be languages detectives, working to decode new vocabulary. Our topics feature a mixture of speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, language learning strategies and cultural references. Each lesson supported by our unique teacher videos, demonstrating pronunciation and key teaching techniques for effective language learning.

Year 3

French greetings with puppets

Using puppets to practise a variety of French greetings and learning how to introduce themselves. Choosing the correct greeting based on the time of day and asking someone how they are.

French adjectives of colour, size and shape

Describing shapes using adjectives of colour and size, learning the position of adjectives relative to the noun; noting cognates, practising language skills and developing confidence through games and creating animal and Christmas artworks inspired by the cut-outs of French artist, Henri Matisse.

French playground games - numbers and age

This KS2 unit sees children count in French from one to twelve, recognise the written number words, ask how old someone is and answer the same question, comparing sentence structures in French and English, and practising all the vocabulary by playing counting and some traditional French games.

In a French classroom

Responding to common classroom instructions through games. Learning vocabulary for classroom items. Understanding that every French noun is either ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine.’

French transport

Using their detective skills to spot cognates and working out meaning, children learn new transport-related vocabulary and construct sentences using parts of the verb ‘aller’ – to go, and prepositions to express going on holiday to a different country or going to school by a particular mode of transport. The children discover that French is spoken in many countries around the world other than France.

 

A circle of life in French

Using their dictionary skills to develop their animal vocabulary and habitat names. Building sentences and completing food chains to apply this vocabulary in writing. This unit has cross-curricular links with Science.

Year 4

Portraits - describing in French

Learning adjectives for describing people’s physical appearance and their personality. Creating simple sentences ensuring that the adjectives agree with the gender of the noun.

Clothes - getting dressed in France

Learning vocabulary to describe items of clothing, along with the different forms of the indefinite article. Incorporating previous learning about colour into their descriptions of clothing and recapping the concept of adjectival agreement. Expressing their opinions about outfits in French.

French numbers, calendars and birthdays

Children learn French numbers 1-31, the days of the week, months of the year, dates and seasons through maths and songs and class surveys; they research of dates of French festivals and revise the unit by having a traditional French birthday celebration in the classroom.

French weather and the water cycle

Learning phrases to describe the weather and vocabulary for the compass points; counting from 1-100 in multiples of ten; combining this knowledge to make statements about what the temperature is in different parts of France and to deliver a weather forecast. The unit culminates in a French science lesson, where the children explore the water cycle and recognise scientific cognates.

French food - Miam, miam!

French food, cafés, ordering and menus -‘Yum Yum’- or ‘Miam, Miam’ ! This unit introduces food vocabulary and revises numbers to 100, this time in the context of money and prices. The unit encourages children to develop their language detective skills and confidence with practical conversational French.

French and the Eurovision Song Contest

This unit uses the concept of the Eurovision Song Contest to get pupils to work in groups writing their own original songs in French, using vocabulary largely drawn from years 3 and 4, including paying attention to rhyming sounds. The children learn additional musical instrument and musical genre vocabulary and expand their knowledge of the French names for European countries. They learn new sentence constructions to say that they play an instrument and live in a particular country and learn how to express likes and dislikes about different styles of music. The focus of lessons 4 and 5 provide opportunities to expand the learning over additional teaching time, to revise all vocabulary and grammar learning from years 3 and 4 and combine the unit with lessons in Art, Music and Geography.

 

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