Welcome to our Languages Curriculum section!

In this section, you will find information about the Languages National Curriculum and lots of news about what we are doing at St. Catherine’s in this area.

Our latest activities page will be updated frequently, so please visit regularly:

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French at St. Catherine’s

Although not statutory until Year 3, at St. Catherine’s children begin French in Year 1 as we firmly believe that younger children pick up language very readily. French lessons continue for every class until the children leave us at the end of Year 6. Lessons in Year 1and 2 are practical and based around songs, rhymes, familiar stories and animations. In Year 3 the children start to occasionally write in French through for example labelling things, and as children continue to gain independence, confidence and skill in Key Stage 2, more written work is done. However in all year groups French lessons provide opportunities for active, learning and pupil participation through games and activities involving speaking, listening and having fun. Lessons last from 20 minutes in Year 1 to an hour in Year 6.

The lessons in Key Stage 2 follow the government guidelines for languages learning and at St. Catherine’s we use a number of different resources including Language Angels, Lightbulb Languages and Francais Francais.

This Term In….

It is wonderful to be able to return to face to face French lessons!

For the rest of this half-term all year groups will continue work on the unit they began on via videos on Purple Mash. Here is a reminder of what these are….

Years 1 and 2: Les Fruits (Fruit)

The children are learning the words for ten new nouns and to express simple opinions. The concept of gender will be revised and the children will see how nouns are changed from the singular to the plural.

Year 3 and 4: Les Legumes (Vegetables)

The children are learning the names of ten vegetables in French. We will revise that “les” is the word for “the” when a noun is plural. They will also learn how to ask for a kilogram and a half kilogram of vegetables and in the last week will take part in a role-play activity at an imaginary market.

Years 5 and 6: Chez Moi (At My place)

The children are learning to talk and write about where they live and to read and listen to information about where others live. By the end of the unit they will be able to say what rooms they have at home and will build on prior learning to create a paragraph about themselves and their home.

You can try some of these Websites at home with your children:

KS1 “Up To Ten” is available in French  is a fun website for children to use at home. The children love Boowa and Kwala who are the main characters and there are songs to learn and games to play on a wide range of themes.

Lower KS2  BBC Primary Languages

Upper KS2 BBC Bitesize KS2 French is useful

Dominique Carruthers-Reeve

March 2021