French

All Key Stage Two classes learn French as part of the Nation Curriculum, scroll down the page and click on the attachment to view the yearly overview.

Short version:

At Cabot Primary School, we are committed to language learning. Many of our pupils and members of staff already speak more than one language, which we celebrate as a great strength in our community.

Our vision is that, from whatever the starting point, pupils will work in partnership with each other to develop:

  • the enthusiasm, confidence and skill to express themselves in another language;
  • a respectful understanding and inclusion of new ideas, people and cultures; and
  • a firm foundation for excellence in their future language learning.

Long version:

At Cabot Primary School, we are committed to language learning. Many of our pupils and members of staff already speak more than one language, which we celebrate as a great strength in our community.

Our vision is that, from whatever the starting point, pupils will work in partnership with each other to develop:

  • the enthusiasm, confidence and skill to express themselves in another language;
  • a respectful understanding and inclusion of new ideas, people and cultures; and
  • a firm foundation for excellence in their future language learning.

All children encounter other languages through the many international elements of their curriculum, as well as during the annual whole-school French Week. This aspect of our teaching and learning has been recognised by an International School Award.

Through these elements, we aim to help the children to discover new ways of thinking and to appreciate the history and traditions of other countries through authentic sources, stories, songs and creative experiences.

Furthermore, children receive weekly French lessons in Key Stage 2 taken from the ‘Language Angels’ scheme of work. This is carefully planned so that each child will have the opportunity to:

  • progress in their skill and knowledge from Year 3 to Year 6, through well-sequenced building blocks, adjusted as appropriate to take account of the differing needs of our learners; 
    • develop resilience by ‘having a go’ and not being afraid of mistakes; 
    • support, include and encourage everyone in their efforts; 
    • listen attentively to each other;
    • speak with increasing fluency in partnership with others, 
    • read confidently, using phonics, context, cognates and dictionaries to help deduce pronunciation and meaning;
    • write, adapting vocabulary and sentence structures to create new, personal work;
    • understand and apply basic grammatical rules; 
    • acquire new vocabulary and sentence structures using effective memorisation techniques and planned retrieval practice;
  • celebrate excellence through presenting their learning in class and to wider audiences.
  • increase their cultural capital by learning about diverse multicultural francophone countries through discovering the history, culture, festivals and traditions of those countries 
  • make comparisons and connections with their own experiences, languages or other areas of learning; and 
  • acquire long-term skills to strengthen their future language learning.

Finally, British Values are an integral part of our language teaching, in particular by promoting mutual respect and celebrating cultural diversity.  

French Overview