We begin our French Lessons in Year 3 and continue these until the end of Year 6. Pupils have a one hour lesson every week where they cover a range of topics from colours and numbers to food and shopping. It is our aim to instill a love of learning for French as well as proficiency in reading, speaking and writing basic French. We aim to equip our children with the basic language skills needed to access High School Modern Foreign Language Curriculums by the end of Year 6.
Rufford Park has a two-year rolling programme for French. 2020-2021 is Year A. Mrs Mace is the current French co-ordinator.
We currently use Edpax materials to teach French. The EDpaX French language scheme is based on the requirements of the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum and allows French topics and themes to be revisited in shorter sessions should there be any issues with timetabling. EDpaX Primary French is alot of fun and is highly interactive. Covering 28 topics, these step-by-step lessons provide a wide variety of teaching pages with associated games and activities for the pupils. The materials enable the teacher to deliver the curriculum with breadth, depth and progression. Have a look at the gallery below for some examples of activities!
New for September 2021: We will be re-launching our curriculum in Autumn 2021 and updating our French Policy. Watch this space!
See below for a current breakdown of French Units for Year A 2020-2021 and our current French Policy (2019).
Useful Websites and Resources
BBC Teach French (with Ben Shires) - a series where Ben Shires learns French phrases with a group of children.
Youtube: BBC Teach 'Virtually There' Series- a explores basic greetings, events, hobbies and pastimes through a TV series.
Crickweb - French games covering numbers, colours, transport and fruit labelling.
BBC Bitesize French - games and mini French lessons to refresh your grammar skills. It also includes some helpful pronunciation videos, songs and activities.
The French Experiment: Numbers - Free french lesson which shows children how to say each number in French and gives some guidance as to how the number patterns change.
The French Experiment: The Weather - Goes through some simple ways to describe the weather.
Youtube: French with Alexa- Alexa is a real French Teacher who covers all areas of French from KS2 to A-Level at a range of levels. She's a firm favourite in Lower KS2!
Image: A sample from Crickweb French