Gilbert Inglefield Academy

French Curriculum Overview 2018-2019

Head of Department: Miss N. Gonzalez
Email: ngonzalez@gilbertinglefield.org

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart." - Nelson Mandela

"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." - Frank Smith

 "You can never understand one language until you understand at least two." - Geoffrey Willans


 Year 5

In Year 5, pupils develop their French language skills through listening, speaking reading and writing. In the past in Year 5, particular emphasis was given to communicating in French as much as possible through listening and speaking. However, having started learning French in the Lower School, all pupils will be introduced to reading and writing fairly quickly, as well as continuing to develop their listening and speaking skills. Pupils are given many opportunities to practise their language skills through a variety of fun, communicative activities, such as games, songs, pair work, group activities and ICT usage.Pupils’ literacy is developed by learning about grammatical features of French, such as the gender of nouns, and how to use a bilingual dictionary properly. The children also develop a growing understanding of the Francophone world and French pronunciation by studying cultural aspects and phonemes respectively.Children’s learning is at the forefront of every lesson and teaching children how to learn is actively taught. We look at strategies to help children learn, such as colour-coding, using rhyme, quizzes, mind maps, games and mnemonics as well as encouraging children to evaluate their work and understanding.At Gilbert Inglefield Academy, teachers use a variety of resources to make learning as motivating and engaging as possible. Resources consist of PowerPoint presentations, ICT resources, props, games, songs, teacher-made activities and we also use the Wakefield Scheme of work as a basis for the work we do.

Course Outline

In Year 5, having already learned the basics, such as being able to say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’,French numbers, alphabet, etc. We review these in new topics in order for progression to take place in later years. Topics are revisited throughout the course to ensure secure understanding. By the end of Year 5, pupils will have studied the topics below:
  • Saying your name, e.g. ‘Je m’appelle Max.’
  • Asking someone his/her name
  • Greeting people and ask how they are
  • Classroom instructions
  • Classroom equipment
  • French numbers from 1-100
  • Months of the year and days of the week.
  • Colours
  • School subjects
  • Giving opinions on school subjects
  • Giving reasons on school subjects
  • Saying your age and when your birthday is
  • Learning to tell the time
  • Learning short phrases on daily routine
  • Learning the name of the shops and some places in town.
  • Learning to give simple directions.
  • Matching sounds and spelling patterns
  • Learning short phrases on hobbies.
  • Weather phrases.
  • Learning to order for ice-creams.
  • Learning to order for breakfast items.

Related Web links

 (Pupils are provided with the necessary usernames and passwords at the beginning of the year) : www.linguascope.com & www.languagenut.com 
Linguascope is a fantastic site which includes a variety of fun activities in Key Stages 2 and 3.We also cover some cultural aspects such as:
  • Christmas in France.
  • Easter in France and Mardi Grass.
  • Sports in France (les boules).

Extra – Curricular Opportunities:

  • French Club- (Lingo Singers )
  • French competitions
  • French Day
  • Filming techniques to develop language

 Year 6

In Year 6, pupils develop their French language skills through listening, speaking reading and writing. In Year 6, the emphasis is still given to communicating in French as much as possible through listening and speaking but with a deeper, grammatical dimension. Pupils are given many opportunities to practise their language skills through a variety of fun, communicative activities, such as games, songs, pair work, group activities and ICT usage.

During the Autumn term, pupils learn to talk about themselves including physical appearance, hair and eyes, family and pets. They describe people and themselves by learning adjectives and learn the essential auxiliary verbs ‘avoir = to have’ and ‘être = to be’.

In the Spring term, they learn to talk about where they are going to go on holiday. They learn the names of countries, the means of transport, and what they are going to do there, and again they learn to give simple opinions about their holidays. The simple future is introduced. They will learn to give a simple description about what they want to do on holidays by having conversations on the phone. They will also learn to create and write a post-card in French.

 In the summer term, pupils learn how to describe their parts of the body giving adjectives of colour and size. They will create monsters and will learn to describe them.

Children’s learning is at the forefront of every lesson and teaching children how to learn is actively taught. We look at strategies to help children learn, such as colour-coding, using rhyme, quizzes, mind maps, games and mnemonics as well as encouraging children to evaluate their work and understanding. In Year 6, developing presentation, reading and learning strategies as well as using the dictionary more effectively are key areas.

At Gilbert Inglefield Academy, teachers use a variety of resources to make learning as motivating and engaging as possible. Resources consist of PowerPoint presentations, ICT resources, props, games, songs, teacher-made activities and we also use the Actif Stage1 course which adheres to the QCA Scheme of Work.

 Course Outline
Toi & moi (You and Me)

By the end of Year 6, pupils will have studied the topics below:

  • Revising age and numbers.
  • Learning hair and eyes with the verb avoir
  • Learning adjectives to describe their appearance with the verb etre
  • Saying how many of the family they have.
  • Saying what you do not have, e.g. Je n’ai pas de frères. = I don’t have any brothers.
  • Saying if they have any pets or not.
  • Describing colour of their pets.
  • Musical instruments
  • Countries
  • Means of transport and verb “voyager”
  • Revisiting leisure activities.
  • Introduction of future tense with “aller”
  • Giving opinions and reasons.
  • Revisiting weather
  • Parts of the body
  • Adjective agreement.
  • Subject pronouns (je , il, elle, nous, vous, elles, ils)

Related Web links

 (Pupils are provided with the necessary usernames and passwords at the beginning of the year):www.linguascope.com and www.languagenut.com
Linguascope is a fantastic site which includes a variety of fun activities in Key Stages 2, and 3. An effective site for Key Stage 2 pupils. It contains a wide selection of activities.

Extra – Curricular Opportunities

  • French Club (Lingo singers on Wednesdays)
  • French competitions
  • Termly vocabulary sheets and other information in planners
  • French Theatre visit
  • French day.

 Year 7

Curriculum Outline

In Year 7 the emphasis in French is on the ability to understand and to communicate in the foreign language; however, the skills of speaking and writing accurately in French are developed further. In Year 7, pupils learn to express themselves using different verbs; a range of high frequency words; and opinion words/structures. The perfect tense is also introduced and used in a variety of situations. Pupils are expected to apply previous knowledge and ideas to new contexts, as well as develop their ability to formulate rules from patterns in language and apply them. Grammatical structures are reinforced in different contexts – home, school, and leisure activities the art topic.

At Gilbert Inglefield Academy, teachers use a variety of resources to make learning as motivating and engaging as possible. Resources consist of PowerPoint presentations, ICT resources, props, games, songs, filming, and teacher-made activities and we also use materials from a range of courses/textbooks.

Course Outline

By the end of Year 7, pupils will have studied the topics below:

  • Talking about the area they live in and their town
  • Talking about their house, rooms and bedroom with furniture and prepositions to describe rooms.
  • ‘er’ verbs, who does the doing changes the spelling of the verb- paradigms with er verbs.
  • Chores at home in the present tense.
  • Introduction to irregular verb “Faire”
  • Using negative sentences
  • Revisiting numbers up to 100.
  • Asking and telling the time- 24-hour clock and all minutes to and past the hour.
  • Daily routine and reflexive verbs.
  • School subjects and opinions
  • Timetable and teachers
  • Talking about your day at school
  • Learning about French artists and styles.
  • Physical descriptions with verbs “avoir” and “etre”
  • Learning how to describe a painting and paint and write a description of their painting.
  • Talking about sports and opinions
  • Sports you do in your free-time
  • Musical instruments
  • Saying what you are have done- perfect tense.

Key Language

  • All non- topic specific vocabulary such as et, mais, aussi , parce que and quantifiers
  • Opinion sentence starters, such as : J’aime le français parce que c’est fantastique ! = I
  • like French because it is fantastic!
  • The use of the infinitive after aimer, adorer, détester, for example: J’adore jouer au
  • foot. = I love playing football.
  • A mon avis, Je pense when giving opinions about art work.
  • Time and other connectives
  • Using and understanding previously encountered language in new situations
  • Reflexive verbs and past participles.

Related Web links

(Pupils are provided with the necessary usernames and passwords at the beginning of the year)www.linguascope.com and www.languagenut.com
  • Linguascope is a fantastic site which includes a variety of fun activities in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4.
  • DUOLINGO is a great website as well which we use in class and which particularly stretches the high ability.

Extra – Curricular Opportunities

  • French Club- Lingo Singers- Wednesday lunchtimes
  • French competitions
  • Web links (shown above)
  • Weekly vocabulary tests or learning sheets.
  • Magazine subscriptions to Allons-y, personal, or library copies.

 Year 8

It is hoped that by Year 8 pupils will have mastered essential grammatical structures studied in previous years, thereby paving the way for further understanding of the French language as well as building vocabulary.To begin with, pupils study a unit about “Media” where students will learn to write a project on their favourite book, film or TV show. After the autumn half term, students will cover the topic of “Holidays in the past tense”. This is also that they have a thorough understanding and experience of the perfect tense in Year 8. Pupils also learn to talk about the wider world, especially Europe and French-speaking countries.Then pupils follow a topic on clothes and fashion, which incorporates three tenses, to allow for a level 6 possibility for G&T pupils, whilst reinforcing all three tenses for all pupils. Finally, the pupils complete the topic of “Talent and Ambitions” where students will have the opportunity create a profile of a music start. They will also cover the topic of food and drink much more in depth.At Gilbert Inglefield Academy, teachers use a variety of resources to make learning as motivating and engaging as possible. Resources consist of PowerPoint presentations, ICT resources, props, games, songs, teacher-made activities and we also use a variety of resources from a range of course books.

Course Outline

By the end of Year 8, pupils will have studied the topics below:

  • Media: TV, cinema, literature
  • Transport
  • Countries
  • Describing holidays in the past tense
  • Talking about Paris
  • Places in a town using aller in the perfect tense
  • Introducing and using the perfect tense
  • Revisiting weather but in the past tense.
  • Clothes and colours
  • Adjectival endings
  • Size and materials with clothes
  • Using three tenses in a power-point presentation about fashion.
  • Talent and ambitions
  • Saying what you must and can do
  • Talking about jobs
  • Using the imperative
  • Writing a profile of a music star
  • Food and Drink- snacks
  • Ordering food
  • Designing a menu
  • Taking part in extended role plays in a restaurant.
Developing and using knowledge from the previous three years, as well as the following new areas: numbers over 100 and ordinal numbers, wider range of prepositions, asking more complex questions, how to express quantities, the perfect tense

Related Web links

(Pupils are provided with the necessary usernames and passwords at the beginning of the year)
  • www.linguascope.com and www.languagenut.com  and  www.MYLO.com
  • Linguascope is a fantastic site which includes a variety of fun activities in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4.
  • Languagenut is a good site for practising the basics, and DUOLINGO is an excellent site for stretching the more able pupils.

Extra – Curricular Opportunities

  • French Club- Lingo Singers
  • French competitions
  • Web links (shown above)
  • Weekly Vocabulary sheets in the planners with other key information included
  • Magazine subscriptions to Allons-y, privately through the school and in the school library.