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Modern Foreign Languages

Market Drayton Junior School believes that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for the pupils and is keen to promote the introduction of a Modern Foreign Language to all pupils of primary age.


French is taught in Years 3 and 4. The ‘BBC Whiteboard Active Primary French’ alongside the Niveau bleu scheme of work forms the basis from which lessons are planned and this is supplemented with material from other sources.


Year 5 and 6 children are taught by an external linguist; Year 5s are learning French, while the Year 6s are learning German.

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

•       understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources;

•       speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation;

•       can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt;

•       discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

The following topics are covered:






Unit 1: Hello

Hello, hi and goodbye

What is your name?

How old are you?

Sound focus ‘u’

Where is France?


Unit 2: At school

Arriving at school

In the classroom

In my school bag?

Sound focus ‘un’ and ‘une’

Destination Paris

Unit 3: My family

Meet the family

This is my family

Brothers and sisters

Sound focus ‘oi’ and ‘a’

Destination Brittany



All units in Y3 and Y4 to be interspersed with teaching from the ‘toolbox’ (unit 6)


Unit 4: Animals

On the farm

I like…

I’ve got a pet

Big and small

Sound focus ‘r’

Destination Provence

Unit 5: I love sports

What I like

Sound focus ‘in’

Destination The Alps

Unit 6: Revision toolbox

Numbers up to 31


Days of the week

Months of the year




Y 5 / 6

How to greet people and say goodbye

How to introduce yourself and say your name

Asking people how they are/saying how you are

Saying the alphabet and spelling your name

Numbers 1-30

Saying your age/asking someone how old they are

Days of the week, months, dates

Ask and say when your birthday is



Ask someone where they live/ say where you live

Ask where someone is from/ say where you are from

Talk about different nationalities, countries and languages

Say what languages you speak Family members

Saying if you have brothers or sisters

Giving the names of family members/friends

Using articles correctly

Learn names of animals

Say whether or not you have any pets

Learn colours to describe pets

Expressing simple opinions

How to describe yourself and someone else physically

Use simple adverbs

How to describe a person’s character/personality

Use simple connectives

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  • Market Drayton Junior School,
  • Alexandra Road,
  • Market Drayton,
  • Shropshire, TF9 3HU
  • Tel. 01630 652769