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Witchampton CofE First School

Modern Foreign Languages

sAs the UK is becoming an increasingly multicultural society, we aim at Witchampton CofE First School to provide our children with an understanding of other cultures and languages. We endeavour to foster a love of learning another language, so that all children leaving our school will be on their way to learning a language other than English. At Witchampton CofE First School, we believe strongly in the benefit of this and have therefore implemented regular teaching of French for Years 3 and 4 (lower Key Stage 2). Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children (Year 1 and Year 2) will receive an introduction to French, as we encourage and support a whole school approach.

There are two underlying principles underpinning the Schemes of Work:

·       children should enjoy their early years of learning French and to value the sights and sounds of France, the rhythm of the language and the real pleasure that can be gained from contact with the written word.

·       children should make real and measurable progress in their learning through innovative activities, challenging tasks and the desire to understand more and more as they listen to, speak and read French.

Throughout the year, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are developed at word, sentence and text level, as well as dictionary skills, spelling skills, language learning strategies, knowledge about language, and intercultural understanding. Children have regular opportunities to listen to, and to join in singing, traditional and modern children’s songs and to learn authentic finger rhymes. Children make “real time” virtual visits to Paris via internet webcams, and have regular opportunities to become familiar with scenes around France.  They also become familiar with the paintings of famous French artists.


This is an overview of the Scheme of Work which is adapted for Years 3 and Year 4:


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3




Bonjour!  Bonjour+ name

Bonjour, monsieur / madame / mademoiselle

Comment t’appelles-tu?

Joyeux Noël !


Responding to classroom phrases e.g.

asseyez-vous, asseyez-vouscorrectement, croisez les bras, écoutez, levez-vous, montrez-moi, regardez, taisez-vous, touchez


Adjectives (colours) e.g.

bleu, gris, jaune, noir, rose, rouge, vert


Vocabulary for spelling skills

Comment ça s’écrit?

some alphabet letters (A-l-b-e-r-t)


Vocabulary for creating sentences, e.g. 

·  a preposition - voici

·  a conjunction- et

·  some nouns - un bonhommede neige, le PèreNoël, un renne, un chat, un chien, un cadeau, un sapin


Finger rhymes

Traditional songs

French stories


Cultural understanding:

Map of French-speaking countries, dialects and accents, photos of Paris, French names, la fete de Saint Nicolas, Papa Noel





Phrase of celebration

Bonne Année !


Vocabulary for spelling skills

consonne, voyelle 

more alphabet letters (A-nn-i-c-k)


Responding to instructions, e.g.

courez, marchez, marchez sur la pointe des pieds, sautez 


Adverbs of manner e.g.

lentement, vite 


Asking politely

s’il te plaît, merci, voilà 


Creating sentences with masculine and feminine nouns e.g.

·  Qu’est-ce que c’est?  

·  C’est un pinceau, un feutre, un crayon, un stylo, une gomme, une règle


Punctuation e.g.

virgule, point


Finger rhymes

Traditional songs

French stories




Travelling instructions


Cultural understanding: 

Epiphany and la galette de Rois, paintings by Renoir, Paris webcams, Pacques(Easter), Eiffel Tower.




Creating sentences using  - vocabulary from a song, e.g. 

·   a question - Que fais-tu?

·   a verb - je mets

·   some nouns - un tee-shirt, un pantalon, un pull, un chapeau




Parts of the face


Responding to questions

oui, non 


Days of the week

lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi, vendredi, samedi, dimanche 


Developing an awareness of tense using verbs and adverbs of time, e.g.

aujourd’hui, c’est …

hier, c’était …

demain, ce sera…


Taking the register

présent, présente 


Punctuation e.g. direct speech:

ouvrez les guillemets 

fermez les guillemets


Finger rhymes

Traditional songs

French stories


Cultural understanding:

French dance, paintings by Monet, music by Debussy, le pont d'Avignon, le centre Pompidou, le Louvre.


Transition to Year 5.

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