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C’est français à Marnel Junior School 😊! It’s French at Marnel Junior School, where we hope the children will gain the confidence to speak some French aloud through simple conversations, songs and interactive activities. Our Rising Stars scheme provides opportunities to listen to spoken language and the children can respond and join in. Over time, the progression of skills allows children to explore patterns and sounds in language, and to link the spelling, sounds and meaning of words in the French language. They also learn to read and understand an increasing vocabulary and some phrases to use in simple writing.


The Rising Stars is a lively, fun and interactive resource. The children love the animations, storyboards and the Dance mat activities which aim to speed up their recognition of useful vocabulary. There are also cross-curricular links to everyday life, school and the French culture. The scheme provides a careful progression of learning, starting in year 3 and following through to the end of year 6. It sets the children up with a sound basis in French, which will take them into secondary school at key stage 3.


MFL Curriculum

Children are taught French from Years 3 – 6. The teaching will provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and will lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It will enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, and focus on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. The focus of study will be on practical communication. Much of the teaching is based upon the EURO STARS, Rising Stars, “New Primary French” (an audio-visual interactive scheme, which includes video stories, songs, games and exercises).


The following matrix outlines the areas covered within each year taught.


French Year 3

French Year 4

French Year 5

French Year 6


Autumn 1



(All about me)

On y va!

(All aboard!)

Bon appétit, bonne santé

(Healthy eating)

Notre école

(Our school)



Autumn 2


Jeux et chansons

(Games and songs)

L’argent de poche

(Pocket money)

Je suis le musician

(I am the music man)

Notre monde

(the world around us)


Spring 1


On fait la fête


Raconte-moi une histoire!

(Tell me a story)

En route pour l’école

(On the way to school)

Le passé et le présent

(Then and now)


Spring 2




Vive le sport!

(our sporting lives)

Scène de plage

(beach scene)

Ici et là

(out and about)


Summer 1


Les quatre amis

(The four friends)

Le Carnaval des Animaux

(The carnival of the animals)

Le retour du printemps

(The return of spring)

Monter un café

(Setting up a café


Summer 2


Ca pousse !

(Growing things !)

Quel temps fait-il?

(What’s the weather like?)

Les planets

(The planets)

Quoi de neuf?

(What’s in the news?)

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