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.

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, through learning a new language, children will develop:

  • the enthusiasm and skill to express themselves in another language;
  • a respectful understanding of new ideas and cultures; and
  • a firm foundation for learning languages in the future. 

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 in Key Stage 2 receive weekly French lessons from a specialist teacher, where each child will have the opportunity to:

    • develop resilience by ‘having a go’ and not being afraid of mistakes; 
    • support and encourage other learners in their efforts; 
    • listen attentively;
    • speak with increasing fluency with partners, in front of their class and to wider audiences;
    • 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;
    • progress in their skill and knowledge from Year 3 to Year 6, through well-sequenced building blocks of learning; 
    • discover diverse francophone countries, their history, culture, festivals and traditions;
    • make connections with their own experience and 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.