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Wenlock C of E Junior School

Modern Foreign Languages

The Modern Foreign Language studied at Wenlock is French.


The following overview for each year group is modified from Wakefield Scheme of Work.


Year 3


Children will learn numbers 1 – 10 and begin to make links between some sounds and spellings. Playing games such as number lotto or dice game will help consolidate this.


Children will learn basic greetings and be able to participate in a short exchange. They will become more familiar with pronunciation and be able to imitate this. Children will learn how to recognise simple questions and answer accordingly.


Children will learn the vocabulary for different colours and use this knowledge when learning a French song. They will use this knowledge to complete associated worksheets and experiment with writing French.


Names of Fruit
In this topic children will learn the vocabulary associated with some fruit and also discuss the differences between a healthy and unhealthy diet. Using this knowledge, they will be able to apply this to questions about items they like/dislike.


Year 4


Days of the Week
Children will learn about the different days of the week and how to say them in French. They will follow a familiar story in French.


Months of the Year
Children will learn the vocabulary for the months of the year and imitate pronunciation. They will learn about social conventions at home and in other cultures.


Parts of the Body
Children learn vocabulary for parts of the body and then play matching games and lotto to consolidate their learning. They learn how to point to parts of their body to recite a familiar French/English song. They are reminded that all nouns have a gender.


Zoo Animals
Children learn the vocabulary for different zoo animals and practise the correct pronunciation. Through matching games they are able to identify various animals. Children are able to follow a simple story in French using visual cues.


Year 5


Members of the Family
Children learn the vocabulary for various family members and are able to identify which adjective to use, depending on if they are male or female. They will be able to present a short role play introducing family members and be able to answer questions about their family.


Children will learn new verbs associated with hobbies. They will listen for words and identify strategies for learning vocabulary. They will listen to a French story relating to hobbies and past times and identify the vocabulary for days of the week which they have learnt previously.


They will be able to give an opinion on activities they like or dislike and have a discussion about leisure activities in France. Children will learn how to play a popular French game.


The High Street
Children learn vocabulary for high street shops and make simple sentences and manipulate them by changing an element. They will learn about the differences between French and English high streets.


In this topic children will also learn how to use co-ordinates in French for a game of battleships. They will also be able to take part in a simple conversation, asking for and giving directions for shops on the high street.


Year 6


Children will revise phrases associated with the weather and learn how to use short sentences to give a description of the weather. They will use simple sentences to present a mini report in French


Children will use their knowledge of weather vocabulary to play games such as lotto. They will learn the vocabulary for the different seasons and will be able to write two or more sentences describing the weather in each season in French.


Classroom Language
Children will learn how to initiate and sustain conversations in French to cover a range of classroom routines such as answering the register, saying the date or asking for classroom objects. They will also be able to describe a typical school uniform. Children will have the opportunity to discuss language learning and reflect on how to memorise and recall language.


Using ICT, children will come to understand that French is spoken in many countries throughout the world. They will use the internet to research climate in different French speaking parts of the world.


As part of this topic children will use the internet to research different types of accommodation and travel options. Children will be able to choose a holiday destination and write a programme of activities for a week on holiday.