Enseignement de l'anglais en école primaire


We have a special syllabus for pupils who arrive at the Lycée with little or no knowledge of the English Language. Although teaching methods and content vary according to the age of the children, the aims are very similar.

•    To motivate children to enjoy learning English.
•    To teach and develop vocabulary and sentence structure.
•    To give the children confidence to speak English.
ORAL English is of prime importance. The learning of English should be an enjoyable and lively activity. A variety of methods is used to encourage active participation. When ready, children are promoted to a higher level.


M.S. – G.S. – C.P. / 3 hours of English per week
All lessons are conducted ORALLY with the strongest emphasis on the spoken language and oral expression. We adhere, as closely as possible, to the recommendations of the British National Curriculum for EYFS and Key Stage ONE. Lessons are enhanced by the introduction and teaching of songs, rhymes, chants, games and drama. The children are not taught to read in English but the teacher uses books in many different ways to stimulate an interest in the content , illustration,  story and use of vocabulary. A variety of themes and topics is explored eg:- food; transport; family; seasons; celebrations; animals. Sport, music, art and drama also play an important role in the learning of English in these classes. Copies of songs and poems and other activities are collated in each child’s exercise book to help parents follow the progression and content of the English lessons. Parents are encouraged to read with their children.

CE1 / 3 hours of English per week
Regular reading practice using recommended reading books for Year 3 pupils is provided throughout the year. Children are encouraged to join a local library and to read with their parents.
Regular class discussions. songs ,poems, rhymes and raps are learnt and recited for enjoyment and oral practice.
An introduction to written work – the alphabet, alphabetical order, use of the dictionary, capital letters, dates ,identification and use  of verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs and sentence structure.
Vocabulary work , spelling families and patterns, punctuation, cloze texts and comprehension exercises.
Living in the U.K + DNL.
Time/Place/Space + Animals, Special dates and events + Knowledge and Understanding of the World.

CE2 / 4 hours of English per week
There is continued regular reading practice and development.
Written work plays a more important role – development of vocabulary, sentence structure, punctuation, the parts of speech, correct use of tenses, irregular past tenses, spelling patterns and dictations. Using a Dictionary.                     
Writing short stories:- brief summaries of books, retelling stories, fables, creation of stories from pictures, personal accounts, letters,  imaginative stories.
British cultural studies + The First Millennium of Invasions in G.B. – The Romans, The Saxons, The Vikings and The Normans.

DNL: GEOGRAPHY/SCIENCE – The local area, Villages, Towns, Cities. Human interaction with the Environment. Environmental topics including Recycling, Re-using and Reducing waste.

CM1 / 4 hours of English per week
Greater emphasis is placed on written work including a good development of vocabulary, comprehension and expression and the use of a dictionary and thesaurus. Writing should be more imaginative and show an understanding of structure, planning and paragraphing.
Regular exercises to improve spelling:- spelling families, homophones, contractions,  use of the  apostrophe, irregular plurals, prefixes and suffixes. Correct grammar and punctuation.
Pupils write personal stories, reviews of books, diaries, accounts of topics of history, biographies of famous people, myths and legends, fantasy and imagination. Regular reading is encouraged.
British cultural studies + The Middle Ages – The Norman Conquest – William ,the Conqueror- Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot – The TUDOR Period.
DNL:- Parts of the GEOGRAPHY & SCIENCE curriculum. Protecting the Environment – Water consumption and treatment.

CM2 / 4 hours of English per week
The most important aspect of the English Syllabus is written work. Further development of vocabulary and regular use of a thesaurus. Vivid description and imaginative writing. Challenging comprehension exercises. Summaries and reviews of books. Reports and accounts of historical events. Planning, drafting, paragraphing, proof-reading and editing form an  important part of written expression. Correct spelling. Regular reading.
British cultural studies + The Plague and the Great Fire of London; Shakespeare and his Life and Plays; The Industrial Revolution; The VICTORIAN Period.

- Protection of the Environment; The Greenhouse Effect; Air; Pollution; Recycling & environmental topics.

*DNL (Discipline Non-linguistique) is taught for 1 hour per week and topics may vary or differ in the Lycée Primary schools.

Our syllabus is closely linked to the recommendations of the British National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 & 2.
Each school has a large variety of Course books, Reading books, Plays, Poetry anthologies, History and Geography books.
The English teachers complete reports each term at the same time as their French colleagues. ALL CM2 pupils take a special examination for entrance to 6ème in May.

Our expectations and objectives are also based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ranging from level A1(lowest) to B2 (highest for children). Please note that Primary pupils generally reach a maximum level B2.
Please refer to Online documents : CECRL > Grille de compétences (in French) or The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (in English).

Coordinator of the Primary English Classes,