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At St. Augustine’s, children learn French beginning in Year 3 and continuing through until Year 6. French is an opportunity for children to discover a new language and to develop a curiosity for languages, as well as broadening children’s awareness of different cultures around the world. Children learn a range of topics, from hobbies to families to describing the weather. They are taught through a range of written, listening and oral activities, which aim to engage and inspire children. Children also learn to express themselves and how to communicate in a different language.


Year 3

Children start to learn French in Year 3. The topics covered in Year 3 are:

  • Numbers from 1-10
  • Greetings and basic questions
  • Responding to and saying classroom instructions
  • Colours
  • Food items, including fruit
  • Days of the week and months of the year
  • Christmas and Easter

Through these topics, children begin to build a basic knowledge of vocabulary. Children learn how to pronounce sounds and words, as well as recognising words in reading and spelling vocabulary. Children therefore start to develop their French speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Additionally, children begin to learn basic French grammar, which will enable them to start to write simple sentences independently.

Year 4

In Year 4, children cover the same topics as in Year 3. They are also introduced to:

  • Parts of the face and the body
  • Zoo animals and pets
  • Family members
  • Hobbies
  • Numbers 11-31
  • The weather
  • Items of clothing

During lessons, children develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, as well as their knowledge of basic French grammar. They also learn the pronunciation of different sounds and words.

Year 5

Children in Year 5 revisit topics covered in Year 3 and Year 4 to ensure that children have a good knowledge of vocabulary. They also learn topics:

  • Directions
  • Town and city landmarks
  • Numbers up to 50
  • Different times of the day
  • New food items that have not already been covered.

Through these topics, children continue to develop key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. They also learn more complex grammar, including the simple future tense and an increasing range of conjunctions and prepositions.

Year 6

In Year 6, children learn:

  • Classroom routines
  • Items of clothing that have not already been covered
  • Houses and how to say where they live
  • Items of furniture
  • Places to visit

Many topics covered in the previous years are also touched again to ensure that they have a good understanding as possible and that children are able to transfer skills across the different topics. They also continue to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, with their ability to communicate becoming more complex.

Please click below to view our MFL Progression: