hady primary school, chesterfield, derbyshire

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French – Madame Wigley



Foreign languages at Hady

French is taught in dedicated lessons from EYFS to Year 6 by a specialist languages teacher, Madame Wigley.  Lessons are practical with the focus on speaking and listening. They have elements of role-play, singing & dancing, games & videos and are often taught using kinaesthetic resources in group or paired work.

Here’s a summary of what is covered in each year group: 

EYFS                        Songs, action rhymes, videos & playground games

Year 1:                   Greetings, colours, numbers 1-20 & days of the week. Asking and answering questions about name & age.

Year 2:                   Family members, numbers 20-40, alphabet and traditional French breakfast foods.

Years 3-4:              We follow the Rigolo 1 interactive scheme of work which covers classroom & household items, descriptions of self & others, snacks, months, dates, on the hour time, activities, directions, weather, francophone countries and clothes.

Years 5-6:              We follow the Rigolo 2 interactive scheme of work which covers school subjects & opinions, time to  every quarter of an hour, food and flavours, places in town, holiday plans & activities and café role-plays.

Exciting language events!

On September 26th each year we celebrate ‘The European Day of Languages’, devoting a whole day to a carousel of 5 activities designed to raise the profile and importance of language learning. We celebrate the language, art, culture, dance and food of 5 different countries.








In December each year, all children sing carols in French at St Mary and All Saints Church, Chesterfield, at the Christmas carol service.









We are also very excited about the next Y6 trip to France, in June 2020, when children will be given the opportunity to spend a week in a château, putting their French language skills to the test. This is a wonderful opportunity that is organised alongside one of our cluster schools, Hasland Junior School, and which proved to be highly successful in previous years.

Bi-lingual Dictionaries

We use bi-lingual French/English dictionaries in class from the end of Year 2 onwards and children often ask me for the name of the dictionary we use. It is NOT necessary for your child to have a French dictionary at home, however, these are the details of the dictionary we use in school.  It’s an age appropriate dictionary in colour with illustrations. Collins Primary Illustrated French Dictionary            

News from home

In class, we love discussing any experiences of France or French learning that has taken place at home or on holiday. Please feel free to send your child with photos, books or indeed anything else which has a connection to all things FRENCH!                                               

Au revoir!

Madame Wigley




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