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The curriculum journey from Year 3 to Year 6

In LKS2 (Y3&4), children are introduced to a small selection of high-frequency 1st person and 1st person negative verb phrases, as well as vocabulary that relate to a particular topic. Throughout the year, the children will have the opportunity to hear and say words, phrases and sentences in a variety of contexts such as through songs, rhymes, class games, quizzes, book studies and conversation. By the end of Year 4, children are expected to use the vocabulary they have learned to speak in simple sentences using the 1st person to make positive and negative statements and to ask simple questions. They will also have developed a wider vocabulary, as outlined below.

 For example, when prompted by the teacher:

  • In French, how do you say ‘I have a brother’? the child is able to say J’ai un frère.
  • In French, how do you say ‘I don’t like apples? the child is able to say Je n’aime pas des pommes.

In Year 5, children extend their grammatical understanding by building sentences using the 1st and 3rd person, adding conjunctions and a greater range of adjectives. They develop their sentence building to include questions and begin to engage in simple conversations involving questions, 3rd person responses, plurals, adjectives. By the end of Year 6, children will be able to speak in simple sentences in response to questions posed in French. They will also begin to write and adapt phrases to create sentences and describe people, places, actions and things in writing.

An example of teacher/pupil dialogue:

Tu aime des pommes? Oui, J’aime des pommes.

Il aime des pommes? Non, il n’aime pas des pommes.

Qu’est-ce que c’est ? C’est une pomme rouge


A significant amount of curriculum time is devoted to oral rehearsal. French learning happens regularly in short sessions of 15 minutes. This means that children are speaking and listening French very regularly.  As well as the teacher's knowledge, we make effective use of technology to aid learning and develop confidence in communicating in French. For example, by using platforms such as Languagenut and Duolingo, children can hear correct pronunciation and translation over and over again. It's also fun and engaging! We also make use of technology to record and present French conversation in class. 


Children are inspired to learn French in many different ways, including through song and rhyme, reading French stories, writing, playing games and quizzes and through French cross-curricular topic projects such as Moi et ma famille. where children create their own family movies. 


Children have opportunities to be creative through our French cross-curricular topic projects and in their responses to reading French stories.


Below is an overview of what is taught and when ...

Take a look at French across KS2 by clicking the link below:

View or download our French curriculum vocabulary reference booklet below: