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At De Lucy we believe that the learning of a language provides a cultural, educational and social experience for our pupils; the language we currently learn as a school is French. It enables them to develop essential communication skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing in another language. We believe that by learning another language, children develop a broader perspective on the world which encourages them to better understand their own culture and other cultures of the world. Our main emphasis is on building confidence so that children are not afraid to have a go at communicating in another language. It is important that children progress through the skills required by the National Curriculum; it is an expectation that they should learn basic vocabulary and be able to read and write simple sentences by Year 6.


We use the Rigolo scheme of work to support the requirements of the National Curriculum. The curriculum is progressive and develops children’s skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in French through weekly lessons. Children develop their love of language learning and progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. Details of the topics covered in each year group can be found in the Curriculum map below. As all children learn at different speeds and have different learning styles, we try to make French lessons as active as possible.


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Rigolo 1 Unit 1


Saying hello, your name and age


Rigolo 1 Unit 2

En classe Classroom objects, colours


Rigolo 1 Unit 3

Mon corps

Describing body, eyes and hair,

Days of the week

Rigolo 1 Unit 4:

Au animaux

Animals, pets, preferences


Rigolo 1 Unit 5

La famille

Identify members of the family; the alphabet

Rigolo 1 Unit 6

Bon anniversaire

Ask for snacks; give opinions about food; months of the year


Rigolo 1 Unit 7


Revising ways to describe people; nationalities.



Rigolo 1 Unit 8

Quelle heure est il?

Telling the time


Rigolo 1 Unit 9

Les Fetes – festivals and dates; understanding commands

Rigolo 1: Unit 10:

Ou vas-tu?

Weather, French cities/towns, directions, preference.

Rigolo 1 Unit 11

On mange

Shopping for food; asking how much something costs

Rigolo 1 Unit 12

Le cirque

Talking about the languages we speak


Rigolo 2 Unit 1

Salut Gustave – greetings and personal information;


Rigolo 2 Unit 2

A l’ecole – school subjects; likes/ dislikes

timings of school day; telling the time


Rigolo 2 Unit 3

La nourriture – asking politely for food items; describing how to make a sandwich


Rigolo 2 Unit 4

En ville – places in town; asking directions

Rigolo 2 Unit 5

En vacance – saying where you are going on holiday; expressing opinions



Rigolo 2 Unit 6

Chez moi – rooms in the house


Rigolo 2 Unit 7 

Le weekend – the activities you like to do;


Rigolo 2 Unit 8

Les vetements – Opinions about clothes, saying what you like to wear.

Rigolo 2 Unit 9

Ma journee – daily routines

Rigolo 2 Unit 10

Les transports – Buying tickets; saying where you are going

Rigolo 2 Unit 11

Le sport – Different sports, talking about sporting events, giving reasons for preferences

Rigolo 2 Unit 12

On va faire la fete– Revising places: forms of transport; plans for the future


Children are assessed termly in French following the Rigolo assessment units wherein children undergo a series of texts to assess their listening, speaking and written ability. Our French curriculum ensures that all pupils in KS2 develop the key skills as set out in the national curriculum. We aim that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language
  • speak with increasing confidence and fluency
  • can write at varying length
  • develop an appreciation of writing in the language studied

How parents can help

Ask the children to use the vocabulary learnt in school and make it fun – start with the numbers.

The following link has some simple to follow activities: https://www.french-games.net/ 

Partnership links


Subject leader

Mrs Lodge

Page checked 5th September 2023


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