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French at Newlands Primary School


The intention of the French curriculum at Newlands Primary School is that children develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. Our curriculum progressively develops language skills, through regularly taught lessons in KS2, which incorporate speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. This allows the children to acquire new language and apply it in a range of different scenarios and topics. These topics have been agreed upon with other schools in the federation so that all children have the same knowledge, familiarity and confidence, ready for language learning at their secondary school.


Children are taught to:

  •  listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures, develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • present ideas and information orally
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories and songs in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clear
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.