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Our French Curriculum

French Curriculum Intent

Learning another language has many benefits for both the individual and the wider community.  It helps to break down social barriers and encourages cross-cultural understanding, as well as helping the individual to boost their problem solving, memory, critical thinking and listening skills. Being able to speak a second language can even help improve understanding of areas such as grammar in their native language. 

At Our Lady’s we strive to develop children’s love of learning about other cultures and new languages. Through the regularly teaching of  French, annual languages days, speaking French in our everyday routines and cross-curricular links with other subjects, we promote curiosity, problem solving skills and a deeper understanding of the people and cultures we share our world with. Children not only learn speaking and listening skills but also reading and writing, to enable them to use and apply French in a range of contexts and lay the foundations for the learning of languages in Higher Education.

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  1.  understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources

  2. speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation

  3. can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt

  4. discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.


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