Free scheme of work & resources for teaching French to Year 4 (or any class in their 2nd year or 3rd year of learning French)

All the resources here have been made and shared across the internet by teachers, mostly members of the Talkabout Primary Languages site, but particularly Jo Rhys-Jones, Jackie Berry and Liz Lord in Hampshire, and gathered together here to save KS2 classteachers time. Thank you to everyone & if you would like to add your resources/links as well please do so by joining this wikispace. You do not need to 'join' just to view & use the resources.

QCA Units 7-12 are arranged as pages in the menu to your left; each unit further sub-divided into 5 or 6 lessons. A 'lesson' is likely to last at least a week with one main session & some follow-up activities. Please take your time & do not feel tempted to rush children; better to do the activities thoroughly & only get through one or two this year, than rush through them all.

Frankly, if you are following the KS2 Framework you will soon realise the pace of these units is still TOO FAST and you can easily spend an entire year on unit 1 alone - and probably achieve much better results and have far happier teachers. Also some units will appeal to you more than others - so just do the ones you want to or pick out the bits you would like to do and don't feel guilty!

Good language teaching at Key stage 1 & 2 is not about how much language you cover, but about how much the children really understand and remember. Year 4 is about starting to combine nouns and adjectives, in order, and with adjectival agreement, to create short phrases in the new language; don't hide from the grammar or the written word - but take time to explore and play with new words and spellings.

Do play games, listen to songs (but do not teach the entire song word for word) and look at books, hunting for words that you can guess, that seem similar to English (cognates), that you can tell because of the picture or because the story is familiar. Approach language as a 'word detective', concentrating on hunting for clues as to meaning and constantly comparing & contrasting with English. Play with words as a poet does - try to find ones that rhyme or are fun to say / spell.

Make sure you remind children of the main graphemes/phonemes, use lots of cds or IWB resources including online ones with inbuilt sound to make your job easier as a teacher but also to give the children a variety of voices to listen to.

Don't be afraid to repeat vocabulary learnt last year - but expect more this year - putting the words into sentences, changing the colours or objects etc. And keep having fun!