Learning French at St Ambrose

Our aim is that by the end of Year 6 pupils should be able to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help*
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases*
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences*
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.

We follow the Lightbulb Languages Programme of Study to deliver French. This can be found at:





Year 5 have been describing their journeys to school. We made a human sentence.

'Quand je vais a l'ecole, je passe devant le parc'



Years 4, 5 and 6 have enjoyed making greeting cards to give to their families. 


We have worked closely with Barlow RC High school, to deliver French Activity Days for our Key Stage 2 pupils. The children have enjoyed role plays, sampling French food and playing French games.


In addition to French, we celebrate the rich variety of languages our children speak at home:

Each Year covers the following topics:


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term



  • Simple greetings
  • Making simple statements about name and age
  • Asking simple questions about name and age
  • Numbers 1-10


Games and Songs


  • Numbers 11-20
  • Asking and answering simple questions
  • Expressing preferences 



  • Making simple statements about activities
  • Expressing praise
  • Months of the year  
  • Writing an invitation
  • Following instructions



  • Making simple statements about appearance
  • Giving a simple description of a person




All Aboard!

  • Making statements about travel
  • Describing the weather
  • Days of the week





 Les Quatre Amis

  • Give a simple description of an animal and their habitat
  • Making simple statements about movement
  • Respond to a story


Journey to School

  • Describing a journey to school
  • Giving simple directions
  • Using repair strategies to keep a conversation going





Bon Appetite!

  • Talking about what has been eaten and drunk
  • Expressing likes,  dislikes and preferences
  • Following and writing instructions (as in a recipe)




The 4 Seasons/

Bastille Day

  • Making simple statements about seasons
  • Describing the weather
  • Using adjectives as antonyms
  • Exploring French culture through Bastille Day



Our School

  • Making statements about the school environment
  • Telling time using half-hours, quarter hours and 24hr clock notation.




Then and Now

  • Making statement about places in a town
  • Asking questions about places in town
  • Saying the year (eg mille neuf cent quarante huit)




Bastille Day

  • Understanding quantities of food
  • Using transactional language for a café
  • Exploring French culture through Bastille Day celebrations



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