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At Grove Primary School, Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils have French taught weekly.  Mimes, quizzes, games, videos, songs, stories and role plays ensure that all learning styles are catered for.  As a result French is an inclusive and engaging subject in our school which is accessible and enjoyable for all. 


A few examples of the fun games we play in French.

Running Game - Classroom Instructions
Pupils in each team are given an item of vocabulary - in this case instructions such as "Travaillez a deux" or "Ecoutez".
The teacher says one instruction aloud and children from each team who have been given this phrase race to the toy. The first person to get it score a point for his/her team.

Playing a Dice game all in French

Playground Song


A wide range of topics is covered throughout the 4 years which encompass greetings, colours, numbers, family, birthdays, family, opinions, countries, school life as well as eating out. In addition to acquiring practical communication skills pupils have the opportunity to reinforce the grammatical knowledge they have acquired in their own language when literacy notions such as "nouns, singular, plural, verbs, adjectives, connectives, conjunctions and subordinate clauses" are referred to in French lessons.   



In Year 3, the language focus is on acquiring good pronunciation as well as learning useful memorisation strategies so that children can build up the confidence to deliver a short role play in front of an audience.  

Year 3 Video - Introducing oneself

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Ordering Food - Year 3 - May 2016

Year 5 Video - introducing oneself and saying where you live

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Pupils are also shown fun techniques to learn the spelling of simple words in the target language.   

as well as encouraged to use the vocabulary they learn in a creative way. 

From the onset, students are made aware of the importance of gender and number - singular and plural - in French.   In Year 4, pupils are taught a range of ways to memorise whether nouns are masculine, feminine or plural.  

Physical locations - such as tables - are used to help pupils remember the gender of school items for example whereas parts of the body are introduced by splitting the body in half  and introducing male and female words with the corresponding side.  In Year 5 pupils are also taught that definite and indefinite articles as well as word endings provides clues as to genders.  

Sorting out activity - Year 4 - Family topic

They are also shown how to use this knowledge to agree adjectives correctly. 


As the years progress, pupils build up their vocabulary range and grammatical expertise and are encouraged to write in extended sentences as well as urged to manipulate the language by using a dictionary.  

Furthermore, the teacher is currently experimenting with using Talk4Writing in French to make longer texts more accessible to pupils as well as encourage them to memorise texts as well as help them produce original stories in the target language.  

Year 4 acting out the 3 little pigs story in French


Cultural Aspect of Learning

Learning about other cultures form an integral part of the French lessons.  In Year 3 pupils have the opportunity to learn how to say Hello in various languages as well as learn the various gestures which pupils use to greet each other around the world.  They are taught that it is important to know the social conventions when visiting a foreign country so that not to offend anyone.  

Children of the world Year 3 Snowdrop

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What gestures do people use to greet each other around the world?

They are taught that it is important to know the social conventions when visiting a foreign country so that not to offend anyone.  

We feel that pupils' cultural experience is enriched by having a native French teacher who was raised in a country different to that of the children.  They are inevitably drawing parallel between her life in France and theirs in England as she:

- shows pupils where she grew up on a map

- uses Meteo France to check the weather in her family's back garden and talks about seasons

- show pictures of where her family lives back home using Google Earth and pictures of landscapes and daily life

- narrate her grandmother's and grandfather's experiences when pupils learn about the 2nd World War in Topics

- share traditional Christmas or Easter cake recipes

- compare her experience of schools to that of the children

- talk about important festivals, special events and customs relating to Christmas, Ephiphany, Shrove Tuesday, April Fool's Day, Easter, French National Day, the Tour de France or Euro2016. 

- talk about prominent past and present French or French speaking figures in the area of Arts (Monet), Music, Science, Politics (Napoleon, DeGaulle), Sports, Media (Asterix, Schtrumpfs) and Literature


Cultural Events

Easter Boxes

Parent and Governors' Involvement

French is well supported by Governors who attend the Year 3 French for the Family event every year.   Furthermore, Mme Garnier, one of our Parent Governors whose two bilingual children frequent the school regularly comes to lessons to support our Year 4 and Year 6 children.  She is also involved in doing the Annual Subject Review and helps - with her children - run the newly-introduced EscarGroves; an after-school cultural club which is open to all the pupils but has been particularly popular with the Year 1 and 2 this year.