Menu |
St Bernadette's is an 'Outstanding Catholic School' (Section 48 Inspection 2021). We are an OFSTED 'Good School' with Outstanding features in 'Behaviour and Attitudes' and 'Personal Development' (Ofsted Inspection 2022)
  • Translate
  • Search
Home Page


French Curriculum Intent

At St Bernadette’s, we believe that learning a foreign language is a long life skill; it is an important part of being  a member of a multi-cultural society as it provides children with an opening to other cultures and allows them to see, value and learn about other societies. In our school, French is the key language taught. Our provision fosters children's curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. We encourage children to express their opinions, ideas, their feelings, engage in conversations, ask and answer questions and show their understanding through verbal and written responses. Exploring the patterns and sounds of language through songs, poems, games and rhymes, linking the spelling, sound and meaning of words support learning in a fun way and teaching provides an awareness of the culture, its language, literature, music and art. Children are encouraged to use ICT using the Languagenut program to enhance their learning of the language. They have weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2 with a specialist teacher. Vocabulary is key to our teaching programme and this is embedded throughout our provision. Some of the areas covered include numbers, colours, hobbies and pets, family members, discovering the features of a French town, naming food and drink, going shopping, classroom instructions, clothes, sports and hobbies.  Many of our children already speak at least two languages, with 42 different languages represented across our school community. We celebrate our multi-cultural school family with a wonderful International Evening each year where we share traditional dress, food and music. It is a highlight of our school year. We see language teaching in our school as the foundation for learning further languages and hope that we inspire our children to go forward with their studies through secondary education and beyond and become fluent communicators in at least one additional language.

 French long-term plan


Listening and speaking


  1. Children listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
  2. Children engage in conversation; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.
  3. Children develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are using familiar words and phrases.


Reading and writing

  1. Children broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.


Stories, Songs, Poems, games and Rhymes

  1. Children appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.



Year Groups



Autumn term

Spring term

Summer term

Year 3




Greetings-Getting to know you


All about me

Family and Friends


Hobbies and pets

Year 4







On the move

Means of transport



All around town



Sports & Holidays

Year 5





Healthy eating


All about ourselves

Family and Friends



Food and Mealtime

Year 6









Our school



My home



Opinions: like and dislike

Grammar: adjectives

All in a day: time

Les metiers



French Progression Document - Autumn Term



French Progression Document - Spring Term



French Progression Document - Summer Term