The Priory, Church of England Primary School

French

“ Every child should have the opportunity throughout Key Stage 2 to study a foreign language and develop an interest in the culture of other nations.”

The National Languages Strategy.

At The Priory we teach French from Year 2 – Year 6. It is taught by a specialist qualified teacher.

During French lessons at The Priory the children are encouraged to be ‘language detectives’. They learn how to structure sentences, questions, short conversations and presentations.  Children are given opportunities to explore the similarities and differences between French and other languages that they are familiar with. Phonics and literacy strategies are used to help with decoding unfamiliar words, pronunciation and spelling. Pupils progress from one word language acquisition in year 2 to reading, writing and listening to longer texts from memory in Year 6.  All pupils are encouraged to speak confidently with good pronunciation.

Lessons are fully interactive and involve pupils in group and paired activities. We use music, rhythm, songs and rhymes alongside dvd clips of native speakers from around the Francophone world to enhance understanding of both language and culture.  Lessons are designed to appeal to all types of learners and there is an emphasis upon being supportive of one another, empowering every learner to feel confident and willing to try their best in all activities.