French Stories

French Stories for Children

Free online French short stories with Video clips, Worksheets and Online Quizzes. 
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.

KS2/3 French Hamster Story

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 …
+ Online Quiz

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KS2 French Story – 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
+ Online Quiz

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French Story:  Maggie is Mischievous

Simple true story with practice using a possessive adjective in French: ‘Mon’ – ‘Mon jouet!’  C’est à moi!
Maggie est coquine!
+ Online Quiz

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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
+ Online Quiz

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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?

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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
+ Online Quiz

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Comparisons in French:

Friendly contrast between an old dog and a speedy young one.
Age + speed in a short description for practice using comparisons in French:
Comparisons in French
+ Online Quiz

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KS2/3 Story – Maggie + the Squirrel

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

+ Online Quiz

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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!
+ Online Quiz

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KS2 French Story – Dogs at the River:

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

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KS2/3 French 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!

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French Story: Chez le coiffeur

Friendly French/English listening practice with verbs in the present tense about a trip to the hairdresser’s.
French Story – A Trip to the Hairdresser’s
+ Online Quiz

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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
+ Online Quiz

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French Prepositions in a Story:

Billy and the Stick Insects!
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)

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Negatives in a short Story

The Bone from Twitter.
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!
+ Online Quiz

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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!

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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 …
+ Online Quiz

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Il y a + il faut short Story

Maggie, Billy and the Apricots …
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!

+ Online Quiz

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Birds in French – Story/Description

Character Adjectives
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
+ Online Quiz

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CES, SES, C’EST in a Nature Story

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:
  Ces,ses, c’est: French homophones
+ Online Quiz

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Future Activities on a Desert Island:

French Practice using the Near Future in French to talk about a longed for holiday:
A Future Holiday
+ Online Quiz

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KS2/3 French Story – Maggie a grandi

Introduction in the Perfect Tense followed by likes and dislikes in the Present Tense:
Maggie has grown
+ Online Quiz

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KS3 French Story – Ma Voiture

Present + Perfect Tenses:
J’ai eu, J’ai fait, Elle n’a pas été, j’ai acheté
Ma Voiture
+ Online Quiz

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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

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French Story using Reflexive Verbs:

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
+ Online Quiz

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French Adverbs in a Story

Learn French Adverbs to say how, when and where verb actions take place:
French Adverb Practice – Story, Video + Worksheets
+ Online Quiz

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My Summer Holiday

Description of a boy’s summer holiday that begins in the present before moving to the near future and then to the passé composé:
My Summer Holidays in French
+ Online Quiz

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A New Puppy – Imperfect + Perfect

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 + Perfect Tenses – A New Puppy
+ Online Quiz

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KS3/4 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.
Fire in the mountains
 + Online Quiz

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