Students are taught the following topics and vocabulary content: 

  • Phonics and the alphabet 
  • Introductions and greetings 
  • Language for communication in the classroom 
  • Numbers 
  • Dates (days of the week, months, the dates of key festivals) and ages 
  • Classroom items 
  • Likes, dislikes and preferences 
  • Giving reasons for opinions and preferences 
  • Family, pets and descriptions of self and others (people, pets and things) 
  • Describing your personality and other people’s personality 
  • Describing your school, facilities, subjects, uniform, rules, routine/timetable, the canteen and giving reasoned opinions 
  • Food 
  • Making comparisons between school life in France and the UK 
  • Using larger numbers for telling the time 
  • Film types and preferences 
  • Description and review of a French language film (Le Petit Nicolas) 

They will experience the following cultural topics: 

  • Christmas and New Year, La Chandeleur
  • Easter in France and French-speaking countries 
  • Bastille day  

They will also be taught the following grammar techniques: 

  • Gender of nouns and plural forms 
  • Negatives 
  • Possessive adjectives 
  • Present tense of ER/IR/RE verbs including subject pronouns 
  • Asking and answering questions (manipulation of verbs/structures) 
  • Key irregular verbs in present tense (avoir/être) 
  • Commonly used structures (il y a, c’est) 
  • Agreement of adjectives 
  • Use of connectives to develop sentences 
  • Key conditional forms 
  • Telling the time 
  • Modal verbs 
  • Partitive article 
  • Comparisons/superlatives