French (Modern Foreign Languages)
At Heybrook, we believe that the learning of a modern foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills, including key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The children's knowledge of how language works will be developed and extended, with lessons enabling pupils to make substantial progress in a modern foreign language (French). The linguistic skills gained will assist and lay foundations for further language learning. It will provide pupils with the confidence and independence to explore and be able to attempt manipulation of language structure. We also believe that learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
We aim to:
- Foster an interest in learning other languages
- Introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun
- Make young children aware that language has structure, and that the structure often differs from one language to another
- Help children develop a broader appreciation and perspective on the world, with an increasing awareness of cultural differences
- Develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
- Provide children with the transferable skills to learn foreign languages in the future
Our curriculum map for French clearly sets out the sequence of learning in this subject:
French Curriculum Map 2023-24
See below for example videos of expectations in the core skill of 'speaking' for each stage:
Stage 1 (Year 3)
Stage 2 (Year 4)
Stage 3 (Year 5)
Stage 4 (Year 6)
Our French policy provides further details on how the subject is organised:
What our children say
It's another way of communicating with people and it's nice to learn another language.
When you're older, you could go to France and use it.
It's quite unusual so it's fun to learn.
I enjoy listening to the French lady speaking in her own language.
I like how it sounds so different to the languages I speak.
You could even teach others how to speak French.
You feel like you're playing games but you're actually learning.
What it looks like