Coppice Valley Primary School

Learners for Life


At Coppice Valley our French curriculum prepares pupils for secondary school lessons by introducing them to the basics of the language and culture. We use Boardworks resources to deliver the requirements of the national curriculum from Year 3 to Year 6. Understanding a modern foreign language increases a child’s understanding of their own language. The process of learning a foreign language reinforces fluency and understanding of grammar, syntax, sentence structure and verbal precision. Children learn about the culture and traditions of France as they begin to learn the language.

Values Led-Learning
Brave: Children will explore a new language through song, conversation and story. They will learn academic resilience by learning through mistakes. Children will learn the value of learning through practice and repetition to embed key facts.
Curious: Children will be curious and fascinated by other languages. They will learn about the origins of languages, and their etymology, making links to their own language.
Kind: Children will learn to have a deeper appreciation of other cultures and countries. They will appreciate the difficulty in speaking other languages than your first language.

Curriculum at each phase
In EYFS and KS1, pupils learn about other languages in connection with their other learning i.e. exploring the first languages of their classmates and during our Around the World celebration day. In all subjects, but especially English, links are made to Latin and Greek when exploring root words and etymology.

At KS2 pupils have weekly lessons in French. The topics they explore over 4 years are

Greetings-saying hello and goodbye
Classroom instructions
Number 1-20
Days of the Week
Months of the year
Classroom objects
Numbers 21-31
My family
Where I live
Body Parts
At the café
Places & Directions
Telling the time
Numbers 1-60

The Knowledge and Skills pupils will learn:

• Understand and respond to spoken words
• An introduction to imperatives using 2nd person verbs
• What silent letters are and how to pronounce them.
• Introduction to adjectives and rules in relation to gender.
• Introduction to plurals using les and applying to animal sand how to use ne...pas
• Introduction to gender un and une, le, la, l
• Change -er to –ez verb endings
• How to count and apply the same rules for higher number
• A history behind the origin of the french words for the days of the week
• The rules for forming dates and an introduction to accents
• Learning the different ways to say my and an introduction to etre and avoir
• How phrases for describing the weather are formed.
• The rules for describing clothes.
• Revision of –er verbs
• Choosing the correct prepositions
• Introduction to irregular plural endings
• Revision of gender rules and how to learn the gender f different nouns
• Revision of year 4/5 topics
• When it is appropriate to say I want or I would like
• Able to explain the different ways of saying please.
• When it is appropriate to use tu or vous
• Using cest and il est to say it is in a variety of ways.
• Identifying patterns in the phonemes of the french alphabet
• Revising the rules from 1-30 and remembering that 40/60/80 are counted as lots of 20
• An introduction to –er verbs using the infinitive 1st and 2nd person singular