At Harry Gosling we believe that the learning of an additional language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. It helps develop communication skills, including key skills of speaking and listening. This provides a foundation for further learning of languages and deepens knowledge of how language works. In addition, while learning another language, children access ideas and experiences from other cultures and communities, which encourages them to understand their own and other cultures more deeply. All pupils are expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning, with the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2.
How French is taught:
We offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that inspires and excites our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. French is taught by the class teacher for thirty minutes from Year 3-6 on a weekly basis. Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes. Grammar is integrated and taught discreetly throughout all appropriate units. The planning of different levels of challenge (elementary, intermediate, progressive) and which units to teach at each stage of the academic year are reviewed annually as units are updated and children improve their language skills. Each lesson incorporates interactive whiteboard materials to include various speaking and listening tasks, with reading and writing activities offered in all units. Progression through the programmes of study is based on the ongoing assessment of the teacher.
Knowledge and Skills Progressions:
Please click on the links below to see the specific skills and knowledge that are covered in each year group.