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The Curriculum


Learning a foreign language is compulsory for KS2 under the 2014 New National Curriculum. At Gascoigne Primary School, we learn French both in KS1 and KS2 as we see the value of learning another language especially as global citizens .


 “Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality language education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world”

(Languages Programmes of Study: Key Stage 2-National curriculum in England)


The statements from the programme of study are listed below.

Pupils should be taught 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


At Gascoigne Primary, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum in order to ensure that the children are able to communicate for practical purposes (KS2 Programme of Study), use higher thinking skills and be confident in using the language.


Children are exposed to spoken and written language and are taught using interactive games, and authentic French resources such as songs, books and stories.


We aim to lay the firm foundations needed for further foreign language learning at

Key Stage 3.

"About me" project in French ! Children from year 1 to year 6 have worked very hard in talking about what makes them unique in French.

Class Goolu and Ouro in year 6 have been preparing some tasty french pancakes! C'est trop bon!

Albanita in year 6 Ouro is explaining her reasons for attending the French Club.

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Year 5 and year 6 are enjoying the French club and helping each other!

French club for year 5 and year 6 every Thursdays.Starting on 12/01/17. Venue: ICT suite at the Shaftesbury site.

Class Goolu in year 6 have been communicating with a class in France since September. It is Ecole Saint Joseph in Le Fleix, in the Dordogne region of France, which Gascoigne Primary School have been in communication with for over four years.

Class Laranja in year 5 are telling us about their taste in music in French!

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Ercan and Younis in year 5 Laranja are telling us which type of music they like and don't like !

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Excellent writing piece of work in French from Sharon and Maryam in year 5 Laranja.

Joshua and Sharon from Laranja Class are talking about their taste in music.They even explained why!

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Orange class in year 5 saying when is their birthday in french

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Class Cagaraan in year 4 and the making of the Lost Pet Project in French.

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Year 4 children have beautifully created their own lost pet poster in french and were able to describe the pet in details

Popu class in year 3 playing some playground games in french called un,deux,trois soleil! they had so much fun!

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Benguini class in year 3 loved playing the french playground games!

Bulu class in year 1 coloured their own rainbow in french in preparation for the Rainbow Day on Census Day!(19.01.17)

The French Curriculum across the school


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn 1


Numbers 1- 6

Classroom phrases


Numbers 1-10 Classroom phrases



Class instructions

Classroom objects Adjectives 


Questioning answer and sentence building


Masculine and feminine nouns

Agreement of the adjective with the noun

Masculine and feminine nouns  The infinitive of 3 main groups of verbs  

Autumn 2

 Alphabet Colours


Colours vocabulary for spelling skills


Vocabulary for sentence building Songs 



 Masculine and feminine nouns Adjectives



French food  vocabulary Expression of opinion

Personal pronouns Conjugated forms of verbs in present and past tense

Spring 1


Phrases of celebration

Phrases of celebration vocabulary for spelling skills

Verbs and adverbs


 Phrases of celebration Verbs and adverbs 

Position of the adjective in a sentence Sentence starters


 Adjective that precede the noun

Adverb of place /times    Sentence starters

Conjugated forms of passé composé (perfect tense )

Spring 2

Asking politely

Movement verbs

Verbs and adverbs

 Asking simple question

Masculine and feminine nouns Classroom objects

Months of the year

Definite articles 

Simple negatives

Asking question

Possessive pronouns 

Adverbs of place/time

Sentence starters

Negative adverbs 

Summer 1

Numbers 1-20

Responding to questions

Numbers 1-20

Responding to questions

Numbers 1-30

Responding questions

Days of the week 

Clothes vocabulary

Asking and answering questions

Telling the time

Relative pronouns


Telling the time Daily routine

Summer 2

Days of the week

Cloth vocabulary from a song  

Days of the week

Cloth vocabulary from a song.  

Clothes vocabulary

Describing clothes

Phrases of celebrations different places in France

Numbers 32-60

Phrases of celebrations

Numbers 60-100

Phrase of celebrations

Our French Language Ambassadors


The French Ambassadors are our Native French Speakers at Gascoigne Primary School.

They are playing an active role in the classroom while enhancing their leadership skills. They are able to lead activities in French with a group of students as well as promoting the language learning outside the classroom.

Michaela , year 2, Cas

Ariane , year 5, Komola

Kehatune , year 5, Portokalli

Joshua , year 5, Laranja

Nyba , year 5, Orange

Prestige , year 5, Orange

Johnson , year 6, Goolu

Ismael , year 6, Ouro 

Victoria , year 6, Ouro

Tyana, year6, Ouro

Jason, year 6, Ari


These are suggested websites that parents and carers could use to ensure that children practise French at home in a fun and interactive way:

Our British Values in French

Pupils will be learning the meaning of our British Values in French over the course of the academic year.

Tolerance: la tolérance

Honesty: l’honnêteté

Respect: le respect

Equality: l’égalité

Democracy: la démocratie

Liberty: la liberté

Law: la loi

Voice: la voix

Responsibility: la responsabilité

Freedom: la liberté

Acceptance: l’acceptance

Pride: la fierté

Multi-faith: la foi multi

Community: la communauté

Beliefs: les croyances



Shaftesbury Library presents our unique French Reading Corner. Also find "Notre Coin lecture"! (French Reading Corner) next to Ms Monks'office.

For World Book Day, discover some famous books translated into French!

-Borrow a French book from the Shaftesbury's Library

-Read the book and test your comprehension

-Select a minimum of 5 words in French you wish to search into English

-Use a French-English Dictionary, a Picture Dictionary or Google Translator

-Watch the videos posted below and compare them with their English version!

La Chenille Qui Fait Des Trous (de Eric Carle)

Sonorisation de l'album de Eric Carle avec des élèves de cycle 2.

Va-t'en, Grand Monstre!

Va-t'en, Grand Monstre!

Ours brun, dis-moi

Uploaded by Robert Daigle on 2013-08-28.

Paxi - Le système solaire

Rejoins Paxi dans son voyage à travers le système solaire, depuis les planètes rocheuses proches du Soleil en passant par les planètes géantes aux abords très froids et le lieu où séjournent les comètes.

Learn French With this video, learn a lot of French vocabulary like the fruits, vegetables, human body parts, the face and much more! And at last but not least, you will be able to learn the numbers and the Alphabet in French! 1. Les fruits et les légumes 00:00 2.

Comptines Learn French: ABC Song - ABC Chanson - Roues Sur le Bus and More Popular Rhymes in French

ABC Song 01:23 - The Wheels on the Bus 02:44 - Old McDonald had a Farm 05:43 - Baa Baa Black Sheep 06:40 - Humpty Dumpty 08:06 - Where is Thumbkin?

Telling Time in French

Telling Time in French - Il est quelle heure

Ratounet - Colours in French

Ratounet, the French tutor teaches basic French for kids, in this lesson he will teach you about 4 colours in French: bleu, jaune, vert and rouge (blue, yellow, green and red in French).