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Here at Collis we believe that learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills including the key skills of speaking and listening as well as extending their knowledge of how a language works. Learning a foreign language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. It enhances self-esteem, as well as laying a firm foundation for language learning throughout their life.



The children undertake a broad and balanced curriculum that takes account of abilities, aptitudes and physical, emotional and intellectual development. At Collis, we will ensure that learning of both language and culture is embedded into the broader curriculum for the children to develop an international outlook. Through using Rigolo and Early Start Languages, teachers who are not linguistically competent are therefore able to follow a structured scheme to ensure that the children have a clear understanding in order to ensure that they progress. We will always make every effort to ensure that the teaching of a language is inclusive. Cross curricular links are used when appropriate, teachers give children opportunities to practise their foreign language in the context of lessons in other subject areas. For instance, some instructions may be given in another language in a PE lesson or in daily classroom interactions. Children may count in another language while carrying out a numeracy activity. This acts to reinforce the vocabulary and structures they have learned and give learning a real purpose. ICT is used where appropriate to enhance teaching and learning. La Jolie Ronde is a club run at lunchtime during term time. The date is written on the board in classrooms in French and children are often greeted during the register or at the door in French.


Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language skills set out in the national curriculum, as well as a developing a love of languages and learning about other cultures.

The key skills are to:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • speak with increasing confidence and fluency, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, while continually improving accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

If you were to walk into French lessons at Collis, you will see


  • Interactive learning with resources
  • French vocabulary being used for specific topics
  • Engagement in learning
  • Children practicing how to pronounce certain words
  • Learning to sing song in another language ​​​​​​​



Example of listening progression throughout KS2 



Year 3 skills

Year 4 skills


Year 5 skills


Year 6 skills

  • Understand language
  • engage in conversations
  • understanding songs and rhyme

Show understanding by joining in confidently.  


Repeat words modelled by a teacher. 


Show understanding of single words through physical response.  

Show understanding by responding to questions with known answers.  

Show understanding by answering questions with extended phrases and sentences using known vocabulary.  

Ask and answer questions in extended sentences, using conjunctions and adjectives.