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Rivers Primary Academy, Livingstone Road, Blakenall, Walsall, WS3 1LY
Part of Windsor Academy Trust
french at rivers primary academy


At Rivers Primary Academy, we are linguists!

We want our pupils to love French and we inspire them to aspire to be interpreters, translators or to work abroad. We want our pupils to remember their French learning, communicate clearly and embrace the language opportunities they are given.


Our curriculum develops pupils’ aspirations so that they strive to be the best that they can be. We carefully plan the subject knowledge, skills and vocabulary, coupled with specific Aspire character virtues and learner skills, so that our students have the tools to be successful in learning and in life. Our French curriculum promotes curiosity and a love and thirst for learning another language and cultures. We aim to enrich our pupils' time in our school with memorable experiences. 


French is taught in each year group in key stage 2 weekly. We are currently using the Rising Stars French scheme of work. This ensures children acquire a bank of vocabulary organised around topics. They ensure development is progressive as they build on previous knowledge from units already studied. Resources are added to further enrich the scheme and provide hooks to enable retention. Knowledge organisers identify key knowledge and help pupils with remembering more.  


We aim for all of our children to leave Rivers Primary equipped with the French skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at KS3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. Cumulative quizzing using questions from the current theme content are created alongside questions aiming to retrieve knowledge from previous learning. Reviews in French include work scrutinies, learning walks, pupil and staff voice. All of this information is gathered and reviewed. It is used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.

At Rivers Primary Academy, we Inspire to Aspire!

Our Curriculum Overview:



Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Threshold Concepts 

Confidently and accurately introduce themselves, stating age and 1 thing they like/enjoy. 

Confidently and accurately describe the weather with intonation, explain how they travel to school and count to at least 30.

To build simple yet accurate sentences, orally and in written form.

To  continue to build simple yet accurate sentences, orally and in written form.

To confidently and accurately have a simple conversation in French.

French units taught

  • Moi (All about me)
  • Jeux et chansons (Games and songs): 
  • On fait la fête (Célébrations)
  • Portraits (Portraits):
  • Les Quatre Amis (The Four Friends): 
  • Ca Pousse (Growing Things): 
  • On y va! (All aboard!)
  • Vive le Sport (Our Sporting Lives)
  • L’argent de Poche (Pocket Money)
  • La Carnaval des Animaux (The Carnival of the Animals)
  • Raconte-moi une histoire! (Tell me a story)
  • ExQuel temps fait-il (What’s the weather like?)
  • Bonne appetit, bonne santé (Healthy eating)
  • Scene de plage (Beach scene)
  • Je suis le musicien (I am the music man)
  • Le retour du printemps (The return of Spring)
  • En route pour l’ecole (On the way to school)
  • Les planetes (The planets)
  • Notre ecole (Our school)
  • Ici et là (Out and about
  • Notre Monde (The  world around us)
  • Monter un cafe (Setting up a cafe)
  • Le passé et le present (Then and now)
  • Quoi de neuf? (What’s in the news?)