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Learning a language at the Russell School enriches the curriculum, providing excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience. 

French is taught from Year 1 to Year 6. Our teachers use a variety of resources to implement French, including the scheme of work ‘Language Angels’, which is a superb interactive package complete with lesson plans, whiteboard resources and songs.  The children also use French words around the classroom, such as learning the days and dates in French as well as completing the register and lunch orders.  We believe that children learn best through practise and they particularly enjoy having brief conversations in French, which put words into context.

We know that many families are lucky enough to visit French-speaking countries on holidays so please encourage your children to participate with the language as much as possible. The site below provides interactive activities to support fluency and understanding.



Salut! - Hello!

Bonjour! - Good morning / good day!

Bonsoir! - Good afternoon / evening! (After about 6pm)

For someone you don't know (and who is older than twelve), you say:

Comment allez-vous? - How are you?

They might respond:

Bien, merci. - Fine, thanks.

Bien, et vous? - Fine, what about you?

If you are talking to a friend, you can say:

(Comment) ça va? - How's it going?

You might hear the following in reply:

Ça va. - Fine.

Ça va bien. - Well.

Pas mal. - Not bad.

Bof! - So so!

When it's time to leave, you would normally say:

Au revoir! - Goodbye!

You can also say:

À tout à l’heure! - See you later!

À demain! - See you tomorrow!

À bientôt! - See you soon!

It’s polite to say Madame or Monsieur to all grown-ups and teachers.

Monsieur/Madame - Sir/Madam, Mr/Mrs

There are two ways to say please:

s’il te plaît - please (to a friend)

If you're talking to a grown-up or someone you don't know, you say:

s’il vous plaît - please

merci – thanks