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French at St Andrew's CE School

“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.” (Chinese

At St Andrew’s CE School, we aim to develop pupils’ curiosity and interest in language
learning, in a stimulating and engaging way. We recognise the importance of learning a
language, and through promoting our core Christian values and British values, we aim to
provide children with an opening into other cultures and a deepened understanding of the
world. In French lessons, children are encouraged to express their ideas and thoughts, and
are supported in how to respond to speakers. We aim to embed the key skills of listening,
speaking, reading and writing where necessary, to enable children to use and apply their
French learning, and to provide the foundation for learning further languages in the future.

The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • 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
  • Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of  grammatical structures that they have learnt discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

At St Andrew's CE school, we follow the Kapow Primary Scheme for French, which ensures
a clear progression of skills throughout KS2 where previous knowledge is built upon. Our
French learning incorporates a range of popular topics, themes and vocabulary with relevant
cross-curricular opportunities.