French 2021 - 2022

Mrs Gorman

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At St. Stephen's, we love languages! 

There are more than 20 different languages spoken by children at our school, and we enjoy sharing and learning language together.  Comparing and contrasting the structures of language also gives children an increased awareness of how English is structured.  Our modern language of focus is French, and children are provided with opportunities to develop their skills in speaking, writing, reading and listening for practical purposes. Through an exposure to a wide variety of sources such as songs, stories, magazines, newspaper articles, interviews and film clips, children are able to apply their skills in real-world contexts, as well as broaden their cultural horizons.  Most importantly, we have fun!


Through our French curriculum, we aim to help children:

    • develop a love for language and a wider cultural awareness.
    • 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.
    • 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.



French is taught across KS2 on a weekly basis using a 2 year rolling-programme of study.  Children learn the building blocks of the language through phonics, grammar and vocabulary.  The requirements of the National Curriculum are incorporated through lessons adapted to the needs and interests of the children.  Lessons are structured to allow children to make substantial progress over the course of four years in speaking. listening, reading and writing.  Children build on previous knowledge gradually as grammatical strucutures are revised, consolidated and extended in order to encourage effective memory retention.  These language structures are recycled and extended using different vocabulary and contexts in order to increase confidence and proficiency.  An explicit focus on how to be an effective language-learner encourages children to develop the metacognitive skills and motivation to become lifelong language-learners.



We measure the impact of our French curriculum through regular assessment of children's knowledge and skills, work scrutiny and discussions with children and staff.  The progression of skill is carefully monitored in order to ensure children are able to make consistent progress in all language strands.  Lessons are adapted in accordance with assessment outcomes and feedback from the children.  


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