‘A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.’ (National Curriculum 2014 – Appendix A)




Learning a language enriches the curriculum, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained contribute to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture and those of others.


At St. Peter’s Primary School, we feel that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language in question is acquired.





We teach French across Key Stages 1 and 2. We have a specialist French teacher who delivers high-quality teaching and learning opportunities in the classroom environment. This provides clear progression for the development of speaking and listening and vocabulary acquisition.


In class we use a variety of techniques to encourage children to actively engagement with French, for example:

  • Games – in order to develop vocabulary through repetition, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
  • Role-play – which relates to situations children may find themselves in the future.
  • Action songs and rhymes – to develop phonetic skills, memory skills and to further vocabulary.
  • Quality reading and writing materials.
  • ICT programs and websites; the use of ICT supports the development of communication skills.
  • Praise - we build children’s confidence through praise for any contribution they make in the French language, however tentative.




Through quality first teaching, children will be able to communicate with each other in French, becoming aware that every language has a structure, and that this structure differs from one language to another. Children will develop a love of and competency in French through their development of the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.