Pittington Primary School

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Pittington Primary School | Hallgarth Lane, Durham, County Durham DH6 1AF

    MFL at Pittington      

Autumn Term

In September, the whole school took part in celebrating The European Day of Languages.

Early Years have been learning to say hello in lots of different languages and they use these new words to answer the register every day! 

To highlight European Language day we explored everything French.  We looked at landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, learnt some colours in French and even learnt the rhyme Frère Jacques.  We explored it’s meaning too.  We enjoyed this so much that we’ve added it to our class song-box!


In Year 1 we have been learning about France. We have learnt some simple phrases that are used in everyday life, have tasted some French cuisine and have shared what we know with others in the school and family members at home. During registration the children love to answer in French and will even respond to some questions in French!

We have also started to explore greetings in other languages such as Spanish, and German.

Key Stage 2

Year 3 began the busy term by learning about the countries and corresponding continents where the French language is spoken.  We then learnt phrases that link with greetings and introducing ourselves.  Then on the European Day of Languages we learnt these same phrases as are spoken in Spanish.  As the term continued we looked at the numbers from one to twelve and linked them with the both the clock face.  We began to ask question for each other and could now respond with our age.  In the final weeks of this term we have began to learn to sing in French the traditional song ‘Sur le pont d'Avignon’.


In our ‘Let’s Go’ unit this term, the children in Y4 have been learning how to say the different modes of transport and describe how they get to school. They have also been learning how to say what the weather is like and created posters showing information on France and Belgium, describing the different types of weather in these countries.

The children can all name the days of the week and know how to say their birthday in French. They have enjoyed finding out about a school in the south of France and have written and sent Christmas cards to pupils at this school. 

We also participated in the European Day of Languages and explored greetings in a number of different languages before developing our use of the German language.

To celebrate MFL day, Y5 decided to look at a different language and learn some German. We found it on the map and looked at landmarks, did some research on food and made flags. We learned how to count to 10, how to greet each other, say where we live and how old we are. Mrs Emmerson needed to know numbers slightly higher than ten for her age...

Year 6 have been learning all about food and drink.  By the end of the unit, we were able to translate most things off a French café menu! 

Some French students from Durham University also came in to talk to Y6 about French culture.  We enjoyed listening to what they had to say and having the chance to ask them questions.

When designing our Christmas cards, we also thought about using different languages.

Summer Term

We like to play games to enhance our understanding of the vocabulary taught.  Below children from Upper KS 2 are playing a game called ‘Allez Les Escargots’ (Go Snails!)



Here children are considering different types of French shops and the kind of items sold in each one.



Mr MacMahon, a French teacher from Belmont Community School, came in to impart his French expertise upon us!

Y3 love to learn French by singing.  Can you guess which song we are singing in the picture below? Clue: Tête, épaule, genoux et pieds.

Lower Key Stage 2 enjoyed playing musical statues to practise different commands and actions.  Can you guess what they were doing?

This was the command ‘joue au foot’. (Play football).

Ecoutez. (Listen.)

Ouvrez les yeux. (Open your eyes).

Levez la main. (Raise your hand).

We have also enjoyed singing and learning the vocabulary for  Le Fermier Dans Son Pré (The Farmer’s in his Den).

Year 4 have been learning about a story called Les Quatre Amis (The Four Friends).

In this picture, the children have thrown a cube to generate sentences to say what an animal can or can’t do. 

For example: Le cheval galope. (The horse gallops).

 La souris ne lit pas.   (The mouse does not read).



Upper Key Stage 2 have been learning about features of a town and planned an imaginary journey to school. Look at the map below and see if you can follow these instructions to find out where school is:

Quand je vais à l’école, je passe devant une café et une poste. Je traverse le riviére et après ça je passe devant un musée. Cinq minutes plus tard, je passe devant une gare et je passe devant un église. Je traverse la rue au passage pour piétons. Je passe devant trois magasin. Finalement, j’arrive à l’école.

Autumn Term



Term 1

Term 2

Term 3


All about me

Games and Songs



Let’s go

The Four Friends

Life and Health



On our way to school

Beach Scene


Our World

The Café

Durham - Past and Present

An example of this can be given from Term 3 in Year 3.  At this point, children are introduced to colours which are used to describe simple facial features.  By Year 5, in the Beach Scene unit, colours are revisited and used in full sentences to describe Degas’ painting.  

This time, not only will the noun and adjectives will be in the correct order (which is different to English), but masculine and feminine noun agreement with the adjectives will also be taught. Here are a couple examples of our Year 5 sentences:

Elle porte une jupe noire.

Le ciel est gris.

Elle brosse les cheveux de la fille.

We learn French in a variety of ways, including singing, playing games and role play. In the following photograph, Lower Key Stage 2 children are role-playing being in a French market.

Here is a clip of children singing a traditional French song called ‘Sur le pont d'Avignon’ (On the bridge of Avignon).

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