French

The national curriculum states that any modern or ancient language can be taught at primary school. Because the focus is on enabling a child to make substantial progress in one language, we have chosen to teach French throughout the school. Resources are plentiful, and it is the language children are most likely to encounter at KS3.

Aims & purpose

Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures. Good teaching should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. It should enable pupils to express their ideas in another language and understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and writing. It should provide opportunities for them to enjoy books in another language, and to communicate for practical purposes. Most importantly, it should lay the foundations for study at KS3.

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied
Key stage 1
Years 1 & 2
Key stage 2
Years 3,4,5 & 6
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