Head of Department: Mme Corrine James

French lessons at Saint Ronan’s are aimed at bringing the language and the culture alive. Pupils are encouraged to listen, speak, read and write in a similar way to when they acquired the skills of their own native language.
All pupils start learning French from Year 3 (in Pre-Prep they start in Year 1) and all pupils continue to Common Entrance or Scholarship standard at age 13. The number of lessons increase from two lessons a week to four lessons in Year 5 onwards.
In the early stages, French is introduced through clips with native children (Early Start 2). Later, in Years 4 and 5, pupils learn basic grammar and spelling and enjoy reading stories and listening to songs (Skoldo 1 and 2). Finally in Years 6, 7 and 8, the key foundation of verbs and grammar becomes more prominent, as well as developing the four skills: writing, reading, listening and speaking.
The French department has tried to include some independent learning via lively IT websites and software, where children test themselves and play French games on the computer.




Class 3

Greetings & introducing yourself.
Basic personal information.
Revision of numbers 1– 20.
Responding to & performing songs.
Understanding simple instructions. Making a game.
Christmas in France. (ICU/Dec)
La Fête des Rois. (ICU/Jan)
Talking about birthdays & celebrations
Revision of numbers 1- 12,
Learn the numbers 13 – 31
Learn days of the week & months of the year
To ask for and give your birthday
To play some party games
To write a simple party invitation.
Parts of the body.
Revision of colours.
Simple descriptions of hair/eye colour.
Easter in France. (ICU/Apr)
La Fête des Mères. (ICU/May)
To learn the names of some fruit &
To express likes & dislikes.
To learn how to describe the lifecycle of a plant.
To work on the story “Jack & the Beanstalk”
To buy ice creams.
To perform a role-play at the market.

Class 4

Making statements about travel.
Describing the weather.
Revision of days of the week.
Expressing likes & dislikes about food & toys.
Justification of opinions.
Numbers 21 – 39. Numbers in multiples of 10 to 100.
Simple prices.
Giving instructions.
Christmas in France. (ICU/Dec)
La Fête des Rois. (ICU/Jan)
Talking about sports
To ask for & give opinions about sports
Revision of days of the week
To say when & how often you do sports & activities
To write a diary of activities
Learn names of musical instruments
Express simple written opinions
To practise dialogues asking & answering questions about music & instruments
Easter in France. (ICU/Apr)
La Fête des Mères. (ICU/May)
Animals and their habitats.
Giving simple descriptions.
Music: Carnival of the Animals
Asking and answering questions.
Telling the time. Revision of weather phrases.
Revision of numbers to 40 and saying the date.


The alphabet Places in the locality
Giving directions Food and drink
The partitive article
Connectives Understanding & giving instructions
Reading and writing recipes
Instructions texts Christmas in France. (ICU/Dec)
La Fête des Rois. (ICU/Jan)
Assessment: Reading & Writing exam
To talk about where you live
To use numbers up to 100
To spell words using the French Alphabet
To talk about your family
To say which things belong to you
To talk about your home
To describe where things are in a room
Grammar: Saying “in” a place
Asking questions Avoir Etre
Using “de” for
Possession Using some prepositions Le Poisson d’avril.
Easter in France. (ICU/Dec)
To talk about pets
To use adjectives to describe things
To ask questions
To express opinions
To talk about clothes
To describe yourself & other people
Grammar: Using adjectives to describe colour & size
Making verbs negative Avoir Etre
Some irregular plural nouns
Two ways of saying “you” Assessment:
End of year listening, speaking, reading & writing assessment Mini oral presentation: “Ma famille” Le Tour de France. (ICU/June)


To talk about the weather
To talk about months & seasons To talk about sport
To talk about free-time activities Grammar: Using “quand” Jouer à + sport
Present tense regular –ER, -IR and –RE verbs
Using “0n” + verb Aller
Assessment: Reading & Writing exam
To talk about your school
To understand and tell the time
To talk about daily routine
To talk about what you do & don’t want to do
To talk about meals in France
To discuss healthy eating
To plan some meals
Grammar: Telling the time Reflexive verbs Faire Vouloir Saying “which?” “what?” Possessive adjectives
The near future tense
The partitive article Prendre
The negative Assessment: Listening & speaking exam “Mon Ecole”
To understand & give information about a town
To ask for & give directions
To talk about the area where you live
To understand tourist information Grammar:
Aller Adjectives Use il y a & il n’y a pas de Prepositions Assessment:
End of year listening, speaking, reading & writing assessment “Chez moi”


To talk about sports
To talk about music
To talk about leisure activities
To talk about recent activities
To talk about shops and shopping
To talk about money & prices
1st Penfriend letter
Jouer de Jouer à Faire de Nouns and adjectivies
The Perfect Tense Assessment: Reading & Writing exam
To talk about countries in Europe
To talk about modes of transport
To talk about what you are (not) going to do
To talk about what you can (or can’t) do
To describe your house & home Grammar:
Say “to” “at” or “in” a town, country Partir Venir
The near future tense Pouvoir
The Infinitive Comparatives Assessment: Listening & speaking exam “Mes Passetemps”
To talk about your holidays
To understand & ask for rail information & talk about air travel
To describe a journey
To learn how to buy drinks & snacks Discuss menus, express likes & dislikes, order a restaurant meal Grammar:
Il faut + infinitive The perfect tense C’était + adjective Il y avait … Devoir Superlatives Assessment:
End of year listening, Speaking, reading & writing assessment “Mes vacances” & Role Plays


To discuss clothes & what to wear To talk about parts of the body
To discuss how you feel
To talk about going to the doctor’s Grammar:
Possessive adjectives
Demonstrative adjectives
Mettre Adjectival agreements
Pronouns le, la, l’, les Prepositions Expressions using avoir
The Imperative Relative pronouns Assessment:
1st CE Trial exam
Each Set chooses different topic area according to exam
Set 1: Scholarship
Set 2: CE Level 2
Set 3: CE Level 1
Assessment: 2nd CE Tria
Final preparation for the CE/CASE Exam using past papers Assessment:
CE Exam