Primary languages offer many opportunities for children to develop an active engagement in their learning. Children are encouraged to explore French collaboratively through games, songs and rhymes and to show what they have learned through simple conversations and role-plays. In listening to a story or poem, for example, children are able to actively engage with the new language in a safe and familiar environment.
Language lessons provide a valuable opportunity to celebrate the languages and cultures of all children within the school, and for them to extend their views of the world.
French clubs are offered to children in all year groups (Reception – Year 6) by ‘La Jolie Ronde’. In Nursery and Reception, children are introduced to French, Spanish and German through songs, games, stories and other activities presented by the Kindertots group.
Key Stage 2 French lessons provide a stimulating foundation for language learning in secondary school. Topics include greetings, colours, numbers, names and some basic vocabulary that enables children to hold simple conversations and explore language in the context of the wider world.