4658957.jpgFree scheme of work & resources for teaching French to Year 3 (or any class in their 1st year or 2nd year of learning French)

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QCA Units 1-6 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 3 is about getting used to the sounds of the new language; as there will be sounds that the children simply will not have heard in English and it takes the brain time to learn to hear these new sounds.

So 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.

Make sure you cover the alphabet and some of the main 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.

If all you achieve this year is not to have memorised a single word of French, but instead to have created a sense of curiosity and willingness to have a go during the course of this year - you will have succeeded.