Languages - French


Aims and Objectives

The overall aim for languages is that pupils develop a deep interest in and appreciation for other cultures, as they learn to understand and express themselves with increasing confidence in French. Here at Abbots Ripton Primary School the languages curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities, supports pupils in developing their sense of belonging to the wider world.

Pupils will develop specific knowledge of one language, French, learning words and structures that enable them to ask and answer questions, listen to, read and understand stories, songs, poems and other short texts, and to write from memory about themselves. At the same time, they will develop language learning skills and strategies that will equip them for the learning of additional languages later in their school life.

Teaching and Learning

Here at Abbots Ripton Primary School our KS2 children receive 1 hour of teaching per week from a Native French teacher who is immersing the children in spoken language throughout the lesson; giving instructions and encouraging response in French.

Our Languages curriculum map is organised on a 2 year rolling programme to meet the needs of our class structure. Each half term there is a focus on speaking and listening, sounds and grammar, songs and books as well as an element of ‘Understanding the World’ which might include festivals or special times, places or people in Frances.

During Languages sessions, children are encouraged to speak in French as much as possible. They have opportunities to make links with words for other languages and to link their grammar work in English with the grammar in French. 

Children in Years 1 and 2 can join a lunch time club where they learn French through games and songs.  In Years 3 and 4 children are expected to start reading and writing in French, mainly through playing games, learning rhymes and looking at French books. In Year 5 and 6, French grammar is taught more systematically so that children can start forming complex sentences to express themselves in French. Throughout the school there is a strong emphasis on the French sound system as this helps children learn to read, write and develop a good accent.

Assessment and Recording

Teachers assess children’s knowledge, understanding and skills in French by making observations of the children working during lessons. As part of our responsive teaching approach, children will receive both verbal and written feedback in order to aid progress in the subject. Children are also encouraged to be critical of their own work, highlighting their own next steps. Written French learning is recorded in a French book but as much of the learning is based on a wide variety of speaking and listening activities, assessment is recorded by the teacher as appropriate against our subject objectives in spoken language, reading, writing and grammar.


Primary Languages teaching at Abbots Ripton Primary School is fully inclusive. No child is excluded by reason of a learning difficulty, or because they have English as an additional language.

Language learning activities are planned in such a way as to encourage the full and active participation of all pupils. Work is differentiated as appropriate to the needs of individual children. Pairs and groups for collaborative work may be made up in different ways, depending on the task.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and British Values

In learning about another language, it is necessary to be aware of “difference” in a positive way. To know that there are other ways to live and behave which are valid, despite not being the same as the one that the child knows at home. The study of Languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English.

Collaborative work in Languages develops mutual respect for the differing opinions, beliefs and abilities of others. In addition, children learn to appreciate the value of similarities and differences and learn to show tolerance. A variety of experiences teaches them to appreciate that all people – and their views – are equally important.

Primary Languages provides a basis for teaching and learning about other cultures, and this is incorporated into many areas of the curriculum including personal and social education and citizenship, geography, religious education, design and technology, music, art and dance. Efforts are made to ensure that teaching material across the curriculum includes a ‘flavour’ of the countries where the French language is spoken.

The five fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith are interwoven into the teaching of Primary Languages, in particular how it relates to the intercultural understanding elements of French culture and its similarities/differences to life in Britain.