The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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At Dymchurch Primary the children learn French as the core modern foreign language.

Year 5 children have the opportunity to have some MFL input from the Marsh Academy. The school use ‘Tout le Monde’ as resources to support the learning.

Our school celebrates ethnic diversity and greetings and key words relating to languages of children in our school are displayed in classrooms.

The school celebrates World Languages Day and children who have been a part of the French classes have had the opportunity to share their skills.

A snapshot of French


Year 3 have had a great start to French and have learned some basic greetings such as ‘Comment ça va?’, with responses such as ‘super, trés bien, commme ci comme ça, and their favourite, ‘affreux’. We sang the Salut Bonjour song to the tune of ‘This old man, he played one’ and more recently, after our work on pets, sang the ‘Je n’ai pas de’ song, to the tune of ‘We shall not be moved’. Before half term we practised numbers to 5 and gave phrases such as ‘Voici trois lapins’ or ‘J’ai deux tortues.’




Year 4 have remembered so much from year 3 and are really growing in confidence. They have been describing animals and designed their own aliens!  They know the difference between Je, J’ai and Je suis and are confident with linking words such as voici, et, mais.  We have completed a survey to talk about our opinions, using ‘J’adore ça’ or ‘Je déteste ça’, revised colours and animals and last term they showed great team work completing human sentences such as ‘Voici un lion jaune et marron et un tigre orange, noir et blanc.’






Year 5  Building on their knowledge from year 4, we have stated our ages saying ‘J’ai neuf ans’ as a response to the question ‘Quel âge as-tu?’

They have started to say what they would like using ‘Je voudrais’, practising structures with cards stating ‘Je voudrais dix lapins’ or ‘J’adore les voitures rouges’ and can now  give their opinion on items and translate sentences such as ‘J’adore les rollers mais je voudrais un vélo BMX rouge.’



Year 6 still had time to recap their French in the run up to SATS and are confident with giving their opinions and talking about what they would like. They can answer the question ‘Qu’est-ce que tu voudrais?’ with a response such as ‘Je voudrais un ballon de foot noir et blanc, s’il vous plaît.’

They have also learned days of the week and enjoyed making chatterboxes to help them practice.

This term (although they don’t know it yet) they will be running a French café for our Bastille Day celebrations on 13 July.




After learning a little about the gruesome history of the French Revolution, Year 6 created a fantastic café for our Bastille Day celebrations on Friday. They greeted each class and escorted them to the café, assisting children in Years 3, 4 and 5 to order un croissant or un pain au chocolat, washed down with un milkshake or un jus d’orange, then paying with a euro of course!  Children in Years R, 1, and 2 all enjoyed some brioche, crêpes and un jus d’orange in class.  Très bien fait et bravo Year 6!

We are all very grateful, from Year R through to Year 6, to Sainsburys, New Romney for their kind donation of the delicious food. Merci beaucoup!