French stories for children:
Free online French short stories with video clips and worksheets.
The videos are about 3 minutes long and are for regular, independent listening and oral practice reinforced by reading, writing and translation practice.
Ideas for use in class:
a) Watch the video
b) Highlight/point out phrases of particular interest/use
c) Talk about the story in English
d) Encourage students to engage with the characters, their feelings and experiences.
e) Relate those feelings and experiences to children’s own lives.
f) Return to and discuss the phrases highlighted at the beginning.
g) Ask students to write and illustrate the story
h) Encourage students to return to the video for more practice …
i) And go on to write and produce stories of their own!
Every story includes a video clip, grammar, vocabulary, questions and translation practice.
1. A Story about Hamsters in French
My hamster is ill!
Simple story using verbs in the 3rd person: Questions and answers about two hamsters who share a cage and enjoy doing different things. One of them becomes ill and has to take medicine:
Qu’est-ce que c’est? C’est un hamster …
2. A New Puppy: Simple description + LIKES and a few DISLIKES:
Meet a tiny puppy on its first day in a new home. Follow its progress as it grows and find out what it enjoys doing:
A New Puppy
3. French story for beginners: Maggie is mischievous!
Simple true story with practice using a possessive adjective in French: ‘Mon’ – ‘Mon jouet!’ C’est à moi!
Maggie est coquine!
4. My Birthday in French
Friendly Primary French birthday story for practice talking about birthdates, presents and cake in context. Learn how to talk about days and months of the year in French, and how to say when you were born by joining in with this true story:
My Birthday Story in French
5. ON – Pourquoi on va à l’école?
Introduction to and practice using the impersonal French subject pronoun ON in the friendly context of what happens at school, including during a dog agility class.
Qu’est-ce qu’on fait à l’école?
6. Carnival in France:
Find out about Pancake Day (Mardi Gras), who/what is Monsieur Carnaval, and how children parade and celebrate in France.
The description + video clip includes lots of practice using ON + Verbs in the present tense:
Carnival at School in France
7. Comparisons in French
A story to illustrate ‘Plus _ que’ = More than in French:
Two dogs, one old, one young, one can run fast, the other is very slow. Both are charming and both wear red coats. Age is discussed as well:
Plus _ que
8. Maggie travaille
Nature story with focus on the value of listening, and an introduction to Adverbs in French via a special little dog who works hard to protect the birds:
Maggie and the squirrel
9. My Family in French:
Learn vocabulary about family members in French: Meet a litter of puppies on the day they were born, find out about their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and what happens as they grow up:
Ma Famille – A True Story!
10. Maggie and Billy at the River:
KS2 French Story Practice
Short simple sentences in the present tense describe a friendly walk by the river with likes and dislikes about swimming ..!
Billy at the river – Questions and Answers
11. A Story about Supper
It’s suppertime. All eyes on the ‘cook’. Please can we have some more. And what about pudding? ‘Nous voulons un peu plus …
We want some more:
C’est l’heure de manger. Supper!
12. KS2/3 French Story: Chez le coiffeur
Friendly French/English listening practice with verbs in the present tense about a trip to the hairdresser’s. “Tu as vraiment besoin d’une coupe de cheveux” You really need a haircut!
Chez le coiffeur: At the hairdresser’s
13. Je m’appelle Billy
Friendly practice on how to introduce and describe yourself in French via this very friendly and engaging character:
Maggie’s son, Billy, introduces himself, talks about where he lives, his character and likes/dislikes:
Je m’appelle Billy
14. French Story using Prepositions
This story describes a ‘cleaning job’ with focus on all the prepositions used in the process. Grammar in context in French AND English:
Billy and the stick insects (Preposition Practice)
15. Practice using NEGATIVES in French:
In this story two dogs get a special treat because of a conversation on Twitter. It causes many problems which provide lots of opportunity to use negatives in French:
A Bone from Twitter!
16. A Winter ‘Story’ in French:
Learn about winter weather in French – Friendly winter scenes with accompanying short sentences to listen to and join in with:
Winter Weather in French!
17. Faire – What are you doing?
Questions and answers about what Maggie and Billy, and one or two others are doing, usually after asking what the weather is like:
Faire Practice – Que fais tu? Je fais …
18. Il y a + il faut:
Learn to use il y a and il faut and enjoy this very sweet story about Maggie and Billy trying to ‘steal’ apricots. This video gives a good glimpse of Maggie’s character too:
Maggie, Billy et les abricots!
19. Adjectives to Describe Character in French
Focus is again on the natural world which provides lots of opportunity to use a variety of adjectives to describe some very different characters!
Le MacDo des oiseaux
20. CES, SES, C’EST: French Homophones in context
This is a true story about a sleeping chick on a feeder and its worried parents. The event is described in short sentences for practice using French Homophones and demonstrative adjectives:
Ces,ses, c’est: French homophones
21. French Story in the 3rd Person: Perfect + Present Tenses:
Very short description of Maggie’s likes and dislikes with an introduction in the Perfect Tense before switching back to the Present tense:
Maggie has grown!
22. Ma Voiture: KS2/3 Dog Story using two tenses –
Present + Perfect Tense …
J’ai eu, J’ai fait, Elle n’a pas été, j’ai acheté
23. FRENCH DIRECT OBJECT PRONOUNS:
Short story introducing Direct Object Pronouns: le, la, l’ and les to aid with understanding and practice in context:
French Direct Object Pronouns
24. REFLEXIVE VERB PRACTICE:
The special event of a litter of puppies being born is used to illustrate many reflexive verbs in context:
One of them was Billy. See him moving about with his siblings.
Reflexive Verb Practice
25. FRENCH ADVERBS – HOW, WHEN, WHERE
Short story for practice using adverbs to say how, when and where verb actions take place:
French Adverbs – Video + Worksheets
26. The IMPERFECT Tense versus the PERFECT Tense in French:
A short description of a puppy growing up is used to show how and when to use the imperfect instead of the perfect tense (and vice versa):
Imperfect tense – A New Puppy
27. KS3/4 Cross-curriculum Story about a Forest Fire:
In the heat of summer fires can easily start. This quite detailed story in the present tense describes how a fire starts in the mountains and how it is finally put out.
The resource includes two worksheets:
Fire in the mountains
French Worksheet with questions and story in French:
Translation practice into English: Worksheet