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"Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things."

Flora Lewis

Curriculum maps - Modern Foreign Languages (French)

Creative Crew, 2022-2023: 'Our greatest achievement this year was launching the French competition and encouraging everyone to be creative.'

Phrase of the Fortnight


Every term, the Creative Crew members choose a new "Phrase of the Fortnight" which they share with each class from 
Year 1 to Year 6. 

This fortnight's phrase is:


Excusez-moi    which means:   Excuse me






Star of the Week


Each week in Celebration Assembly, Madame Cornish announces the French Star of the Week. This accolade is given to pupils who demonstrate exceptional effort in lessons and those who are using the Phrase of the Fortnight appropriately around the school.


Star of the Week 25.3.24: Jessica in Year 4 for telling Mrs Cornish she had a headache in French.




Star of the Week Hall of Fame 23-24

Star of the Week

Week beginning 18.3.24: Malaika in Year 4 for her learning on feeling ill.

Week beginning 11.3.24: Oliver in Year 2 for engaging with our Gruffalo story on World Book Day.

Week beginning 4.3.24: Hannah in Year 5 for using French in real-life situations around school.

Week beginning 12.2.24: Eliza in Year 4 for her outstanding character descriptions.

Week beginning 5.2.24: Jaxon in Year 3 for problem-solving and working collaboratively.

Week beginning 29.1.24: Evie-Grace in Year 6 for her work on places in a town.

Week beginning 22.1.24: Freddie in Year 2 for answering the register and giving his dinner option in French.

Week beginning 15.1.24: Scarlett in Year 1 for clear speaking and sensible behaviour.

Week beginning 8.1.24: Charlotte in Year 3 for enthusiasm and recall of vocabulary.

Week beginning 11.12.23: All of KS2 for their amazing singing of the French carol in our performances.

Week beginning 4.12.23: Patrick in Year 6 for trying hard in lessons and greeting Mrs Cornish in French around the school

Week beginning 27.11.23: Olivia in Year 2 for her engagement in our lesson about numbers up to 20.

Week beginning 20.11.23: Jerome in Year 5 for his engagement when working out the meaning of the French carol.

Week beginning 13.11.23: Ethan in Year 6 for adapting a text to write in the 3rd person.

Week beginning 6.11.23: Annie in Year 5 for her reading and speaking about siblings.

Week beginning 30.10.23: Aaruhi in Year 4 for her work on numbers.

Week beginning 16.10.23: Izzy in Year 5 for her work using 3rd person verbs.

Week beginning 9.10.23: Daniel in Year 3 for writing and performing a role play.

Week beginning 2.10.23: Karolina in Year 5 for being able to tell me that something hurt.

Week beginning 25.9.23: Cara in Year 3 for her recall of questions and answers from Year 2.

Week beginning 18.9.23: Reggie in Year 5 for his work on numbers over 70.

Week beginning 11.9.23: Georgia in Year 4 for using "Je voudrais un crayon," when asking for a pencil.

What we've been learning this half term.

Star of the Week Hall of Fame 22-23


Week beginning 3.7.23: Haniya in Year 4 for her writing about school uniform in French.

Week beginning 19.6.23: Noah in Year 5 for writing about which activities he does according to the weather.

Week beginning 12.6.23: Annie in Year 4 for increased independence with written French.

Week beginning 5.6.23: Luke in Year 5 for his work on weather.

Week beginning 15.5.23: Walter in Year 3 for his work on sports.

Week beginning 8.5.23: Aairah in Year 2 for her work on naming fruits in French.

Week beginning 1.5.23: Connie in Year 1 for being consistently good at participating in lessons.

Week beginning 24.4.23: Jessica in Year 3 for her work on sports.

Week beginning 17.4.23: Hannah in Year 6 for her participation and enthusiasm during our lesson on holiday destinations.

Week beginning 27.3.23: Harry in Year 3 for his amazing writing about Easter.

Week beginning 20.3.23: Eryn in Year 6 for enthusiasm in our lesson about directions.

Week beginning 13.3.23: Ellie in Year 4 for writing in the 3rd person.

Week beginning 6.3.23: Joshua in Year 5 for always his beautiful Mother's Day poem.

Week beginning 27.2.23: Karolina in Year 4 for always greeting Madame Cornish in French and asking << ça va ?>>

Week beginning 20.2.23: Louie in Year 6 for understanding a French text.

Week beginning 6.2.23: Olivia in Year 1 for having enthusiasm and good recall.

Week beginning 30.1.23: Layla in Year 5 for writing about what she eats and drinks for breakfast.

Week beginning 23.1.23: Hannah in Year 6 for pronouncing difficult vocabulary accurately.

Week beginning 16.1.23: Aymen in Year 5 for developing his vocabulary and helping others in the class.

Week beginning 9.1.23: Zoe in Year 6 for contributing orally and producing beautiful written work.

Week beginning 12.12. 22: All of KS2 for learning and singing Noël Jazz so brilliantly!

Week beginning 5.12. 22: Ilaria in Year 3 for good pronunciation when singing Noël Jazz.

Week beginning 28.11.22: Alanna in Year 6 for using the Phrase of the Fortnight around the school.

Week beginning 21.11.22: Olivia-Maria in Year 5 for her writing, using possessive pronouns accurately.

Week beginning 14.11.22: Ivy in Year 4 for using the Phrase of the Fortnight around the school.

Week beginning 7.11.22: Jake A in Year 4 for increased confidence and participation in class speaking activities.

Week beginning 31.10.22: Bailey in Year 6 for using a bi-lingual dictionary to find adjectives and contributing in class.

Week beginning 17.10.22: Lacey in Year 4 for her accurate written work on numbers.

Week beginning 10.10.22: Cara in Year 2 for supporting her partner when presenting a dialogue.

Week beginning 3.10.22: Aaruhi in Year 3 for confident speaking work and a beautifully presented and accurate written conversation.

Week beginning 26.9.22: Noah in Year 1 for remembering how to say goodbye in French.

Week beginning 19.9.22: BF in Year 4 for his engagement in class.

Week beginning 12.9.22: Preston M in Year 6 for his work on numbers greater than 70.

Week beginning 5.9.22: Tommy C in Year 3 for participation and accurate written work in our lesson about classroom instructions.

French Day 2023


We celebrated le quatorze juillet at school by wearing red, white and blue.

The winners of our landmark home learning can be seen below, along with other entries currently on display in our gallery.

Mrs Poole and her team in the kitchen added some French flair to our lunches and Year 6 had the opportunity to try escargots!

What we've been learning...

A sample of work from Summer Term 2.



The 2013 National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages aims to ensure that all children:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • Are able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and that they are continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.


Trotts Hill teaches a high quality languages education which fosters children’s curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. It also helps children develop skills that will open further opportunities later in life. The teaching of French in KS1 and KS2 provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at KS3.


At Trotts Hill, children have the opportunity to develop their French language skills as well as learn about French culture and traditions.


Home Learning Opportunities


Here are some ideas to keep up with your French and build your vocabulary:


Watch these videos from High Five French:


Learn the Rainbow Song and revise your colours in French.

For an alternative song about colours, listen to this one by Alain le Lait - it's rather unusual!


Write une carte postale - write a postcard in French. You could say what your name is, how old you are, something you like and say goodbye. Maybe you could send it to a friend.


Visit the Musée d'Orsay in Paris from the comfort of your home. Take a virtual tour.  You could try doing your own drawing or painting inspired by one of the pieces in the gallery.


If you would like to share pictures of your work, please email


I would love to see what you get up to!