At Heytesbury School, our intent for French, is to develop and inspire a love of language learning whereby the children become enthusiastic about beginning to communicate in French whilst developing resilience and perseverance within a culture of ‘have a go’, especially when speaking.  We believe that through their learning in French, children develop an appreciation of different cultures. We aim for all pupils to express ideas in French, both verbally and in writing whilst their understanding of the structure of the language supports the learning of grammar in English.


What is taught in French?

The following domains are taught:

  •        Speaking and Listening
  •        Reading and Writing
  •        Grammar
  •        Cultural awareness

What will my child learn?

We follow the National Curriculum 2014.  French is formally taught in Badgers class (Y4-6)

The learning of French is implemented in a carefully planned sequence of lessons and opportunities, through a rolling three year programme which ensures progressive coverage of the skills. Lessons are sequenced to build on and revise prior learning, alongside the introduction of new skills. The introduction and revision of key vocabulary and grammatical structures is built into each lesson. Explicit links are made to SPaG taught within English.

Badgers have a French lesson once a week, but use of conversational language is used and practised incidentally, for example, during registration or ‘brain breaks’. A linear curriculum has been chosen to allow opportunity for children to gradually build on their skills. Children are encouraged to express their ideas and thoughts in French. There are regular opportunities to listen to native speakers using websites.

Story making units (one per year) embed structure and manipulation of language and allow appropriate learning of grammar and acquisition of reading skills   in a ‘real context’. Yearly cultural topics – provide an introduction to the culture of French-speaking countries and communities, and aim to foster children’s curiosity and help deepen their understanding of the world. Other units focus on core language, for example, ‘All about Me’ and allow the transfer/linking of vocabulary and grammar between topics.

Progress is measured through key questioning and observations built into lessons (formative assessments) and child-led assessment such as success criteria grids.