Languages

All pupils have the opportunity to learn French and Spanish. The first language taught is Spanish, which pupils start in Reception. French is added to the curriculum in Year 2, so pupils study both languages in equal measure from Years 2 to 6.

Pupils aged between 6 and 11, whose mother tongue is French, have the opportunity to follow both the French and the English curriculum alongside one another. We do this by offering the CNED programme; a well-established programme validated by the French Ministry of Education to provide a French educational standard for students living overseas. Find out more, here.

The aims of our Modern Languages curriculum are to encourage children’s curiosity and enjoyment of languages. We aim to develop their understanding of what they hear and read and their ability to express themselves in speech and writing. We provide learning experiences that are designed to extend children’s knowledge of how language works and explore differences between the target language and English. We aim to strengthen their sense of identity through learning about French and Spanish culture and comparing it with their own culture.

The language curriculum throughout the school is enhanced by language theatre workshops where children are given the opportunity to perform familiar stories in the target language. Children in Key Stage 2 are provided with opportunities to practise their language skills further by taking part in trips to Northern France and Southern Spain.

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