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French at St. Patrick's


At St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, we want every child to be happy and enthusiastic learners of French, and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their God-given talents. We firmly believe that the recipe for success is high quality teaching and learning in French, which is central to the life of our happy, caring school.


Across Key Stage 2, we aim to ensure that all children can learn and develop their key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing French by teaching a broad range of skills taken from the National Curriculum.


Each child has their own exercise book for the purpose of developing their linguistic skills and showcasing their learning, development and understanding.


Children learn vocabulary that is linked to basic, every day greetings / conversational language as well as links to 'vehicles for learning' that enrich their understanding of key skills within the language. All children have the opportunity to learn about France in general with our Cultural Capital fun facts at the start of most French lessons.


We use an approach whereby we teach speaking and listening one week for 30 minutes, then the following week we teach reading and writing for 30 minutes. This ensures the children have a good balance over a fortnight of the four main skills needed to learn French.