The topics covered in Years 1 and 2 are taught almost entirely orally although the written form may be presented once the children are very familiar with the correct pronunciation. This is to prevent children from applying English phonetics to the French word as they commit it to memory. There are no grammar explanations at this stage but it is useful to begin using some structures.
Year 3 children follow the QCA scheme of work for Key Stage 2 in Modern Foreign Languages therefore they will be consolidating their first two years of French through the repetition of some areas and the introduction of the written element. Grammatical explanations are introduced along with new topic areas.
The essential elements are those of fun and confidence. The principle objective being that the children should enjoy French.