swallowFreedom - La Liberté

National Poetry Day is on 28th September and this year's theme is Freedom.

We're celebrating the event by publishing our own poem with simple images of Freedom as seen through the eyes of a child.

The poem is available in English, French, German and Spanish.

Enjoy the poem here

Petit Chaperon Rouge at the signpostPetit Chaperon RougeDer Wolf

A funny reworking of the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood in French, complete with a choice of three endings.

Simple navigation controls allow the narration to be paused and replayed, and the text is highlighted as it is read.

Printable books and puppet templates accompany the story, which is also available in EnglishGerman and Spanish.

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Je Voudrais un AnimalBoy and tiger

A lively story about a boy who really really wants a pet.... It's also a great way to practise sentence structure, asking questions, expressing preferences ....as well as looking at gender, adjectives and adjectival agreement - and it's fun!

A range of additional resources accompany the story, including printable books, flashcards, word mats and Smart Notebook activities.

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Gingerbread man on the fox's noseLe Bonhomme de Pain d'Épice

A beautifully illustrated animated version, narrated by a lively native French speaker.

The story is suitable for young learners of French at Key Stage 2 and is supported by a range of linked resources including printable books, puppet and mask templates, interactive whiteboard resources and an image bank.

A series of 14 lesson plans based on a Thinking Skills approach to language learning also complement the resource.

Also available in English and Spanish.

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Two Short French Poems

Have fun practising the sounds of French with these simple poems.

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L'Incroyable Histoire de Jacques et des Haricots Magiques

Jacques et les Haricots MagiquesAdventurous young Jacques stars in a traditional tale with a twist in this fully animated, engaging story for young learners of French.

A full range of teaching resources accompany the story, which is also available in English and Spanish.

View the story and resources here

Video version of Bonhomme de Pain d'Epice

Specially recorded for National Storytelling week - enjoy listening to Christophe telling you the story!

Watch the video here!

Pique-niquons! pique-niquons

Enjoy this simple, relaxing story about a picnic which gradually unfolds as vocabulary is introduced item by item to a musical accompaniment!

The story is about a picnic, but as it’s a very posh one with full table settings (including napkins!) it’s equally suitable for use in café or restaurant topics or daily routines.

View the story and resources here

Les Quatre Musiciens
de Brême

robbers run

A funny and imaginative adaptation of the folktale recorded by the Brothers Grimm.

The story is suitable for older students of French and is accompanied by a printable A4 book and character masks.

Also available in English.

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Lolly and LarkinSouhaits pour Noël

polar bears'Christmas Wishes' is our new Advent Calendar story for 2016, featuring Santa's grandchildren Lolly and Larkin and their amazing adventure with Plume Blanche, the snow goose.

Mrs Christmas gives the children a list of 12 animals and sets them the task of finding out what they would like for Christmas, with surprising results!

Read the story here

Calendrier de l'Avent

grandsonA lovely animated Christmas story which tells the tale of what happens when some unexpected visitors arrive to help Santa and Mrs Claus prepare for the big day!

The story focuses on the wayward grandchildren and their progress through the tasks which they are set each day via a note on the fridge.

grand daughterLanguage is presented in small, manageable chunks and the animation supports understanding, allowing language learners an opportunity to develop their understanding of language patterns, vocabulary and pronunciation.

Simple controls allow the narration to be paused and replayed as many times as necessary - ideal for independent practice of speaking and listening skills.

Also available in English, German & Spanish.

Read the story here

La Chasse aux Oeufs

chick hatching

Join Lolly and Larkin in their search to find the 9 eggs hidden by the Easter bunny!

A simple animated story for Easter featuring scenes from some of our favourite stories - and secret clues to help if you get stuck...!

Also in English and Spanish.

Read the story here