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Here at St John’s, our intent is that all pupils develop a genuine interest and a positive curiosity about French, finding it enjoyable and stimulating. Pupils have the opportunity to explore and develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the World around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners and well-rounded citizens.

We develop pupils’ confidence communicating their own ideas, gain a sense of achievement by learning a new way of thinking and equip them for the Future, to work and study in/ with other countries. Our mission is to increase their understanding of how the Target Language works and to ensure that pupils understand and respond to spoken and written language in a variety of contexts, speak with increasing confidence and good pronunciation and write varying lengths for different purposes and audiences, using a variety of grammatical structures.

Curriculum

Year 5

Autumn Term

I CAN DESCRIBE MYSELF AND OTHER PEOPLE
I CAN DEVELOP MY INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

TRANSITION-CONLIDATION AND REVISION:

  • Revise routine of basic classroom greetings in target language
  • Respond to sound patterns and words through song- How phonics work in French.
  • Introduce using simple sentences myself and my immediate family.
  • Revise numbers 1-20
  • Talk about my age and someone else’s name and age ( focus brother/sister)
  • Recognise and use months of the year to say when my birthday.

PORTRAITS AND ART

  • Les peintres Francais : french artists- research
  • Recognise and use vocabulary for colour.
    • Shapes and colour with Matisse
  • Understand vocabulary for parts of the body and describe facial features.
    • Describe my imaginary creature

CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS : Les fétes de Noel

  • Explore Christmas traditions around the World.
  • Understand French Christmas traditions and customs and compare/contrast to English traditions.
    • La Saint Nicolas- La Galette des roi- les Santons de Provence et la creche de Noel
  • Christmas activities incl. making cards etc.

 You will revisit:

•Common French names
•The verb “avoir” in the 1st and 3rd person singular
•Numbers from 1 to 15
•Colours

Spring Term

I CAN INDICATE LOCATIONS
I CAN DESCRIBE ANIMALS
I CAN ASK AND ANSWER KEY QUESTIONS

The world and me

  • Learn the vocabulary for countries and nationalities- Recognise flags.
  • Draw and describe my flag using simple sentences
  • Say where I live / am from and what language I speak.
  • Say if I live in an apartment or a house and where it is located in simple sentences.
  • Name renowned cities and countries in the French speaking world.

Animals around me:

  • Talk about what pets I have at home and the pets I would like to have. ( mention their names)
  • Use some simple adjectives to describe animals.
  • Start to understand masculine/feminine agreement and ask/understand simple questions.
  • Explore animals from other habitats:“L’Arche de Noe” / a farm/a “Zoo” using same basic structures and creativity,

You will revisit:

•Introduce myself
•Telling age and birthday
•Describing people
•The verb avoir in the present

Summer Term

STATE WHAT I HAVE AND DESCRIBE OBJECTS
EXPRESS OPINIONS AND EMOTIONS

At school objects

  • I have in my school bag/ pencil case and classroom. Use simple negative sentences
  • Use days of the week to fill my timetable.
  • Express simple opinions about school subjects.
  • Describe my uniform using simple sentences.
    • Write an simple email to a French pupil to talk about my school

Music

  • Recognise instruments to convey what I play or like/would like to play.
  • Explore French music to express emotions and simple opinions.
    • Learn a French nursery song and create a simple song in French with support to show my creativity in another language. ( Alouette/ Au Clair de la lune)
    • The planets ( linking to days of the week)

You will revisit

•Colours
•How adjectives agree in gender and number
•Introducing myself ( name, age, town, country)
•Using “je voudrais” ( other context- jouer)

 

REVISION TIME:

Revisit and consolidate  what I learnt in Y5 to show more confidence/ autonomy and accuracy.

Year 6

Autumn Term

Describe myself and others
Describe food /Express opinions
Describe routine behaviour in the present

CONSOLIDATION- revision

  • Describe simply what my close family are like and use adjectives to describe them ( physical and personality)
  • Use key verb “etre” and “avoir” with the 3rd person in the present.

My day as a pupil

  • Revisit vocabulary for school subjects to describe my timetable in simple sentences using days of the week.
  • Express simple opinions giving reasons about school subject and teachers.
  • Talk about my day at school:
    • use “on”
    • Food at the canteen ( extension-I like/ dislike and simple reasons)
    • My routine and what I do at school.
    • Use the time.
  • Understand the school system In France and the difference with England- Talk about “la rentrée” and differences with England.

I will revisit

  • Days of the week
  • Key verbs etre+avoir
  • Numbers
  • Hair and eye description
  • School subjects
  • Simple opinions

Spring Term

Describe routine in the present
Describe things
Indicate location

The sports I play in my town

  • Learn simple sentences about the weather and understand temperatures in French, including moins
    • Present a weather forecast to a chose audience.
  • Sports - using jouer and faire ( in different types of weather, who with )
  • Recognise places in town and what I do in my town ( hobbies and sports). Use key verb aller with the 1st person
  • Understand how to give simple directions. Use OS map symbols.
    • Explore “Marseille”
    • Learn about la pétanque / Le Tour de France
  • Listen to the song “Sur le Pond D’Avignon”

My house

  • Say where it is located
  • Say what my house is like (simple opinions)- rooms in the house. Use ”il ya un/une…”

I will revisit

  • Family members
  • Adjectives
  • Time
  • Days of the week
  • Negative sentences
  • Gender of words

Summer Term

Indicate location
Describe routine behaviour in the present
Describe food

My holidays

  • Recall countries and flags and form simple sentences to say where I go.
    • Explore Key landmarks.
  • Mention activities I/ we do on holidays.
  • Create and write a postcard
  • Say where I would like to go for my holidays “ je voudrais aller..”- make a short presentation about my dream holidays and design a poster for a travel agent.
    • Learn about The DOM TOM countries

The café at the beach

  • Use basic sentences to buy drinks and snacks “ je voudrais..”-  Use  a different currency- the Euro and  higher numbers.
    • Role-play at the café- design a simple menu in French
  • Understand holiday habits in France and les “Les Grandes vacances”  linking to the geography of France ( mountains/ the coast/ rivers/places to visit).
  • Watch “Les vacances du petit Nicolas”

I will revisit

  • Numbers
  • Aller in the present tense and word agreements- preposition
  • Countries and Flags
  • Free time
  • Food

 

Year 7

Autumn Term

Indicate routine behaviour in the present, frequency and location
Describe events in the present

What I do at home, how often and where:

CONSOLIDATION= Mention where I live ( review local area/ my house)

  • Discuss TV programs, genre of films I watch and books I read - give opinions and justifications.
  • Say what type of music/ singers I like to listen to and why.
  • Say what I do on the internet.
  • Explain what I can do/ my talents. Use a modal verb+ infinitive verbs (je peux+ infinitive)
  • Extend my communication skills by adding where in the house I do those activities- rooms in the house.( add key daily routine structures to make it more detailed
  • Take part in a talent show: La France a du Talent- prepare an audition- role play
  • Explore films/ songs in French- creativity and authentic resources

I will revisit

  • Present tense
  • Daily routine verbs.
  • Opinions Time markers and frequency markers
  • Free time activities and sports.
  • Music and instruments

Spring Term

Describe myself and other people, relationships and express opinions
Make plans, indicating details

CONSOLIDATION

  • Introduce my close family members- main  physical features (retrieve)
  • Discuss personality traits – compare family members/ people.

My relationships with family and friends:

  • Talk about my relationships with close family members and friends to express my feelings.
  • Make plans with friends = what I am going to wear and where and give opinions. ( introduction near future- ALLER)
  • Use a range of tenses (present AND near future) in simple sentences and show some increasing autonomy manipulating structures learnt.

I will revisit

  • Family Introduction.
  • Description of people using key verbs (etre/ avoir)
  • Places (town/ house)
  • Free time and activities.
  • Time markers /Frequency markers
  • Colours
  • Infinitive verbs

REVISION- to develop spontaneity and skills- grammar points and vocabulary ahead of Year 8, Reflection time and DIRT WORK- KPI  and targets

Summer Term

Describe events in the past
Develop my Intercultural understanding
Describe and indicate location

My week end in Paris

  • Learn about the main Paris landmarks and the 14th of July in France.
    • Use Virtual tours
  • Describe a week end away in Paris in the past: Introduction to the past tense.
    • What I did in Paris- when and how I went there- activities
    • How it was.
    • Where I stayed – extend giving opinions/ simple description
    • Mention where I usually go/ do on holidays to use a range of tenses
  • Order food at a Parisian café/ restaurant using a modal verb+ infinitive- Compare structure with the near future (retrieve)
    • Take part in a role play- create a French menu
    • Give a Tripadvisor  review showing more autonomy and creativity.

I will revisit

•Key verbs ( aller/ avoir/ etre)- modal verb in the present ( vouloir)
•Free time activities
•Previously seen adjectives
•Food
•Countries/ places in town
 

Year 8

Autumn Term

Describe myself and other people
Make plans for the future
Indicate location

My responsibilities, my aspirations and ambitions:

  • Talk about what I must do to earn pocket money.
  • Say what jobs my parents do, why they like/dislike their jobs.
  • Use a variety of adjectives to describe  and mention places of work.
  • Use the conjugation of “travailler”- ER verbs ending in the present tense
  • My Ideal job and aspirations: What am going to be/do or would like to to/be in the near future.
  • Look at authentic resources ( job search in the TL/ Cvs)
  • Write a CV and script in French to take part in a role play: Reflect on my talents/ qualities and strengths to be persuasive.
    • Revisit near future/ modal verbs/ personality traits/ my talents) to convey my ideas.
    • Understand the importance of languages in the world of work- Research

I will revisit

  • Present tense ER verbs
  • Key verbs “etre”/ “faire”
  • Places
  • Description of people
  • Talents- music/ sports/ other interests
  • Simple modal verbs- Je dois+ infinitive
  • Family members

Spring Term

Describe routine and behaviour in the present and near future.
Make plans for the future and express opinions.

My health and lifestyle;

  • Use vocabulary for parts of the body to say where it hurts.
  • Learn vocabulary for Illnesses; if I need to go to the Doctor’s or the pharmacy to get medication and remedies an say how I feel.
  • Role play
  • Show how active I am and mention sports/ hobbies.
  • Talk about healthy/ unhealthy eating habits-
  • New Year resolutions: Discuss my resolutions to stay healthy ( near future- modal verb”il faut”+ infinitive)

I will revisit and consolidate

  • Parts of the body
  • The verb avoir
  • Sports and free time
  • Time and frequency markers
  • Food
  • The near future and simple modal verbs
  • Key verbs and infinitives

Summer Term

Describe events in different tenses
Indicate location
Develop my Intercultural understanding

Destination Holidays

  • Revisit vocabulary for different countries and where I usually go adding opinions and what we can do.
  • Discuss past holidays: destinations- means of transport – activities- who I went with and accommodation ( retrieve past tense)
  • Answer and understand simple questions about holidays.
  • Describe my holidays in a variety of tenses (present/ past/near future/ conditional)
  • Use a range of opinions and structures to describe a holiday
  • Road trip in France- create a tourism booklet (explore parts of France, and the geographical aspect of the country)

Francophone countries and diversity:

  • Explore French speaking countries and locate them.
  • Research different aspects of the culture and geographical details.

I will revisit

  • Means of transport- family vocabulary.
  • Key verbs avoir/ etre
  • The present/ past/ near future and conditional tense
  • Simple modal verbs and infinitives
  • Time markers and frequency
  • Simple questions in different tenses
  • A variety of opinions and adjectives

TOTAL RECALL – Learning journey REVISION AND REFLECTION TIME

REVIEW my learning journey at St John’s. Develop my skills by taking part in  different  revision activities ( using creativity and metacognition/ ICT/independent/ group-pair work) and become more independent to consolidate my knowledge of structures and grammar

 

 

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