French Curriculum Map 2018-19



At St Joseph’s RC Primary School, every child throughout the school from Nursery to Year 6 has the opportunity to study French. 

Studies confirm learning a foreign language increases critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of the mind in young children. Simply, the younger the learner, the better they are at mimicking new sounds and adopting pronunciation. The brain is open to new sounds and patterns in preadolescence.

Children who grow up learning about foreign languages develop empathy for others and a curiosity for different cultures and ideas; prepared to take their place in a global society. Furthermore, in later years, career opportunities increase for those with additional languages to offer.


Nursery and Reception classes enjoy learning a variety of songs, nursery rhymes, finger rhymes, stories and taking part in games to practise greetings, numbers, colours, body parts, days of the week and weather phrases in French.

KS1 children perform role plays and do whole class and small group activities about various topics including body parts, family, sports, classroom instructions and objects.

KS2 children take part in longer conversations in French. Children keep a record of the words they learn and are very proud of their achievements. Children develop their writing skills and start writing longer sentences. They also enjoy doing a variety of games and online activities.

In July 2018, Year 6 pupils went to Normandy for a week on a residential trip to practice their newly acquired French language skills, explore the rich history and culture of France through various excursions and take part in exciting sports activities. There will be a French residential trip in Summer 2019 for our Year 6 Children.

Finally, the whole school takes part in a French day with different workshops. Last summer term, the topic of our French day was French speaking countries around the world. The children found out interesting facts about the geography and history of a number of French speaking countries.

A bientôt! 

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French Instructions

Classroom Requests

Praise Words

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