French / Year 3 and 4 / Communicating / Translating

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Curriculum content descriptions

Translate high-frequency words and expressions in simple texts such as captions, story titles or recurring lines in a story, noticing which ones are difficult to interpret

[Key concepts: translation, meaning, culture; Key processes: noticing, explaining, comparing]


  • identifying and comparing key words in French and English versions of favourite stories (for example, La chenille qui fait des trous and The Very Hungry Caterpillar; La vieille dame qui avala une mouche and The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly), and comparing rhythms and vocal effects in the two versions
  • playing matching-pair games with French and English word cards, for example, Le Calendrier, matching words in both languages for days of the week, months and seasons
  • collecting and using French words and expressions which do not translate easily into English (for example, bon appétit, bon voyage, voilà!) and French words used by English speakers, for example, ‘café’, ‘éclair’, ‘mousse’, ‘chic’
  • finding English words in French texts (for example, l’Internet, le sandwich), and considering how French speakers might pronounce the English words and why they are not translated
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Sight words,  Translation (Language),  French language

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