Learning French provides an opportunity for pupils to explore and compare with another culture, and provide the foundation for learning further languages. It should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The aim is that pupils will be able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.

We will develop and build upon the prime areas of the EYFS framework (communication and language and personal, social and emotional development) and the aim is that all pupils understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. Pupils should be able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.

Key Stage 2 pupils will have one hour of French lessons delivered by a Lingual Marked member of staff. Key Stage 1 and Early Years pupils will be taught basic language through songs and games.

Each child will create a French portfolio. These portfolios will include a series of statements referring to the skills the pupils are being taught. Whether the pupils have achieved these statements will be self-assessed by the pupils and then assessed again by class-based staff.

When pupils leave at the end of Year 6 they will be able to engage in conversations, ask and answer questions and express and respond to opinions. They will use familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structure while developing accurate pronunciation and intonation. They will be able to describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.

Pupils will be able to compare their own lives with those living in France, and identify any similarities or differences and have exposure to an unfamiliar culture. They will have a deeper understanding of the world outside their own community.