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Our Learning in Key Stage 1


Early Start 1 helps young beginners enjoy their first steps in Primary French and finding out about everyday life in France.  A full course suitable for years 3 and 4, Early Start covers all the main areas of KS1 primary French through a DVD resource using native speaker children in their own homes and schools. Most films will be recorded in Northern French towns giving learners a further incentive to go and visit the North of France.  The vocabulary is introduced slowly and clearly and leads to easily implemented verbal work but also fun and challenging written activities.  
Topics covered:
1 Salut! - Greetings
2 Au revoir - Saying goodbye
3 Ça va? - Asking people how they are
4 Comment t'appelles-tu? - What's your name?
4a L'Alphabet - Alphabet
5 Les couleurs - Colours
6 Les nombres 1-12 - Numbers 1-12
7 Quel âge as-tu? - How old are you?
8 Les mois de l'année - The months of the year
9 Les nombres 13 - 31 - Numbers 13 - 31
10 Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire? -When's your birthday?
11 Les jours de la semaine - Days of the week
12 Quelle est la date aujourd'hui? - What's today's date?
13 As-tu un animal? - Do you have a pet?
14 As-tu des frères et des soeurs? - Brothers and sisters
In addition to our Early Start learning, we learn through a step by step routine including singing beginning and ending songs, reading a calendar, finding out about our learning objectives through the French learning page and singing more songs based on the topic of the day.

In addition to Early Start 1 topics, we alternate our French learning with cartoons from the innovative ‘Hocus and Lotus’ French teaching resource.
Hocus & Lotus introduces material using a narrative approach based on the adventures of two cartoon characters, two extravagant characters, two dinocrocs, Hocus and Lotus. Using 5 minute animated cartoons designed as mini musicals, songs, drama and stories which are acted out in the classroom, Hocus and Lotus is designed to appeal to young children’s desire to hear the same story over and over again. Texts and scripts have been carefully developed to assist the process of language acquisition through repetition and through visual clues which support understanding.
All in all, French is made fun, challenging and invaluable!!