Learning a language opens a door into the world for children. It builds their empathy and sparks curiosity about other cultures and the world around them. Through our teaching of French we aim to improve children’s communication skills and confidence, and to give them a solid foundation for the Secondary School curriculum. Our French curriculum is shaped by the National Curriculum and we begin language teaching with our youngest children in Reception. By the end of KS1 we expect children to have grasped some basics including colours, numbers and greetings. By the end of KS2 we want children to be able to take part in short, structured conversations in a variety of everyday situations and have built their vocabulary across the topics.
There is a clear progression in French, each year group building on previous work. Lessons are interactive, with a focus on speaking and listening. Younger children use songs and rhymes to build their confidence and vocabulary. As children progress through the junior years, they progress onto reading and writing French words and phrases. The storybook curriculum at Redhill allows teachers to make meaningful links between subjects, so opportunities are included to develop French in other areas and to add to children’s cultural capital – for example studying French artists in art or landmarks in Geography.
Pets and farm animals
Months of the year
Days of the Week
Where I live
How old I am
Talk about myself (Moi)
Games and Songs (Jeux et Chansons)
Celebrations (On fait la fete)
Parts of the body and colours (Portraits)
Naming and describing animals (Les Quatre Amis)
Growing Things (Ca Posse)
All aboard (On y va)
Pocket money (L'argent de poche)
Tell me a story (Raconte-moi une histoire!)
Our sporting lives (Vive le sport)
The carnival of the animals (Le carnaval des Animaux)
What's the weather like? (Quel temps fait-il?)
The planets (Les planetes)
The return of Spring (Le retour du printemps)
Healthy eating (Bon appetit, bonne sante)
Hobbies and sports
Where I live and where I travel.