As part of our global vision, St Paul’s is determined to promote the love of learning an additional language.
We choose to teach French for all pupils, from Reception, all the way up to Y6, as we believe it broadens pupils’ understanding of the world and develops strong, life-long linguistic skills.
Along with learning new topics, reinforcing knowledge in every lesson is the key to learning a language. We focus on giving pupils plenty of opportunities to practice their language skills and to embed key vocabulary: this is the first step towards becoming independent as a language-learner.
Please find below our subject curriculum map.
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The French Curriculum is divided into four strands:
All children access French on a weekly basis. The aims are to:
- Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- Engage in conversations, ask and answer questions, express opinions and respond to those of others, and seek clarification and help
- Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation, so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
- Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through a dictionary
- Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
Each class is allocated 30 minutes for weekly timetabled French lessons. All teachers, even if they are not teaching the main language lesson, ensure that the foreign language is used where appropriate throughout the school day, providing further opportunities for language development and consolidation.
Languages are not a compulsory subject in Early Years or KS1. At our school we do, however, include French vocabulary, songs, rhymes and simple phrases as part of the children’s learning, as we believe it encourages them to be enthusiastic and embed languages from the beginning of their school life.