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Principles for the learning of French at TAB


We believe language learning should be fun and exciting for the children thus developing an enthusiasm for language learning and a curiosity about the structure of languages and how they differ from English. Literacy skills are supported through the grammar work and assist in embedding the correct grammatical language and terminology. Children are supported in their pronunciation and are positively encouraged to take part in a safe and sympathetic environment. “Having a go“ is applauded and celebrated. Children are given the confidence to create sentences and phrases and generally enjoy playing with the language to encourage their development of the language.


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development and British Values within French Learning


SPRITUAL development in French concerns pupils wondering at the number of different and similar ways that people have developed to express themselves and their ideas.


MORAL education in French concerns pupils using the vehicle of languages they have to make a personal response to right and wrong.


SOCIAL education in French concerns communicating for a purpose with people from other cultural and social backgrounds. The social element of language learning comes both from learning about other societies and learning together in the classroom.


CULTURAL education is achieved through pupils valuing all languages and therefore learning to understand and respect other people.





  • Looking at cultural festivals, eg Christmas and seeing how this is celebrated in different countries (France + linked to year 3 topic)


  • Aiming to break down stereotypes and looking at similarities as well as the differences between countries and cultures, particularly those represented in the classroom (EAL students)


  • Researching different countries and preparing presentations and leaflets to express our ideas


  • Allowing pupils to develop an appreciation of theatre, music, art and literature by listening to French music and watching French DVDs


  • Pupils working together as pairs or groups on joint projects and activities



Organisation of the learning of French


French teaching in this school is about teachers creating an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment so that children will develop a lifelong love of learning languages.


The French curriculum is organised using the National Curriculum aims and attainment targets. The 4 key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are built around these aims and targets and are developed across the 4 year groups.


French planning is linked to the year group topic if there is a genuine connection between the two. The lessons last 45 minutes and are delivered on a fortnightly basis.


Skills development in French


The focus in years 3 and 4 will be on speaking and listening, perfecting pronunciation and showing understanding of the spoken word. Children work in pairs and groups to orally present ideas and information. They will appreciate and join in with a range of stories, rhymes and songs.

Moving into years 5 and 6, there will be a greater concentration on reading and writing skills in addition to the continued work on speaking and listening. Children will begin to develop their writing skills, initially copying sentences and phrases and then moving on to writing simple sentences from memory and finally using their knowledge to create their own pieces of writing.


Throughout the 4 years, grammar is taught to the children starting in year 3 with feminine and masculine moving on to adjectival agreements and then in year 6 the conjugation of high frequency verbs.


Assessing French learning


We use assessment in French regularly and effectively to inform our planning and teaching. Throughout units of work, children will be asked to revisit new language in different contexts to ensure embedded learning. In years 5 and 6, children also undertake reading and listening tasks throughout the year.


Knowledge and understanding of the 4 key skills are frequently revisited and extended over the course of the 4 years ensuring the children have a secure understanding of French and the skills needed to learn any language.


Enrichment of French learning


The use of clips has enabled children to further their learning using the latest technology, linking them to many authentic resources, e.g. songs, rhymes, stories and real time French weather and television programmes.



Resources to support the learning of French - colours - colours - what is your name? - birthday song - days of the week - months of the year - French alphabet - 30 mins of French songs for children