We’ve been teaching French to our Key Stage 2 children for many years – long before learning a foreign language became a requirement in 2014.
We believe that learning a second language enhances our children’s awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world we live in.
Our aim in teaching French to our children is to:
- develop their experience of acquiring language and encourage curiosity about languages
- improve their understanding of what they hear and read
- increase their ability to express themselves in speech and writing
- extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between French and English
- strengthen their sense of identity through learning about culture in Francophone countries and comparing it with their own culture.
Children have a weekly French lesson that focuses on speaking and listening. Songs, games, drama, film and books are used to enrich their learning.
Although teaching a foreign language at Key Stage 1 is not compulsory, French is introduced informally through songs, games and posters.