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The core language taught at is French. It is the intention that all children in KS2 will access first quality teaching of French in order to adequately prepare them for KS3. Where possible we introduce languages from Nursery through playful and contextual opportunities to develop a love for acquiring new languages. We offer opportunities for children to learn about different cultures and speak French. 

We implement a varied French curriculum and have clear expectations of how pupils will progress. The sequence of topics helps the children build on their knowledge and grow in confidence each term. Pupils have sufficient practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing, and often make connections between what they learn in French and in other topics. The children are encouraged to look on deciphering a language much like solving a puzzle, and use media that is common to both French and English to help them do that, e.g. songs and story books that are translated into both languages. French is taught across Key Stage Two by a dedicated French teacher who is fluent in the language.

The impact of our French curriculum is that our pupils demonstrate a secure knowledge of French vocabulary, pronunciation, media and Francophonic culture. They are able to appreciate the similarities between French and the English language, as well as the differences. They are well-versed in a range of language acquisition skills, such as looking for patterns, using cognates as clues, recognising rhyme and repeating vocabulary in different contexts. They understand that learning a language could involve listening, speaking, reading and writing, but above all cultural awareness.  They are prepared for Modern Language learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond, whether that be French or a different language. 

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

  • develop an interest in learning other languages 
  • introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating 
  • encourage children’s confidence and creative skills 
  • stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language 
  • encourage children to be aware that language has a structure and that the structure differs from one language to another 
  • help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries. 
  • develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. 
  • lay the foundations for future language learning.