The core language taught at St Anne’s Primary School is French.
The scheme we follow offers a carefully planned sequence of lessons, ensuring
progressive coverage of the skills required by the national curriculum. Our
chosen themes - Time Travelling, Let's Visit a French Town and This Is
France - provide an introduction to the culture of French-speaking countries
and communities. It aims to foster children’s curiosity and help deepen their
understanding of the world. A linear curriculum has been chosen to allow
opportunity for children to gradually build on their skills. Our planning enables
children to express their ideas and thoughts in French and provides
opportunities to interact and communicate with others both in speech and in
writing. At the heart of our teaching is the desire to expose children to
authentic French, so the scheme offers regular opportunities to listen to
In Lower KS2, children acquire basic skills and understanding of French
with a strong emphasis placed on developing their Speaking and Listening
skills. These will be embedded and further developed in Upper KS2,
alongside Reading and Writing, gradually progressing onto more complex
language concepts and greater learner autonomy.
Through our teaching we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of
languages and to expand their horizons to other countries, cultures and people.
We aim to help children grow into curious, confident and reflective language
learners thereby equipping them with the means to widen their horizons,
leading, in the future, to study and work in other countries.
Lessons are sequenced so that prior learning is considered and opportunities
for revision of language and grammar are built in.
Our lessons and resources help children to build on prior knowledge alongside
the introduction of new skills. A series of lessons are followed, providing
structure and context as well as offering an insight into the culture
of French-speaking countries and communities. The introduction and revision
of key vocabulary and grammatical structures is built into each lesson. This
vocabulary is then included in display materials and additional resources so
that children have opportunities to repeat and revise their learning.