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Catholic Primary School

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Modern Foreign Languages - French

At St Robert Southwell we learn French as our taught Modern Foreign Language. Each class from Year 2 to Year 6 has a weekly French lesson with the French Specialist Teacher Madame Hudson.  Year 1 also learn French, commencing lessons after the Christmas holidays.


The children develop their language skills and are given the chance to use it in real life experiences eg performing a fashion show in Year 4 and ordering ice cream at the end of their topic in Year 3.


Years 1 to 4 the emphasis is on developing the key skills of speaking and listening. We develop these skills through the use of repetition, conversation, games, songs and videos.


Years 5 and 6 we continue to work on these skills but also begin to develop reading and writing skills too. The children learn how to read and comprehend basic texts and stories, using learnt language, cognates and inference techniques to help them.


Cultural lessons are also taught throughout the year which give children an insight into events and traditions that take place in France and other French speaking countries as well as lessons about the geography of these countries too.


We are fortunate at St Robert Southwell to have 9 other languages spoken at home by our children. We love to celebrate the cultural diversity of our school and within French lessons the children regularly have the opportunity to teach their peers words from their first language.


We work closely with our Catholic secondary school, St Wilfrid's in Crawley and our children take part in the annual St Wilfrid's Language Festival. We also hold our own annual languages and cultures festival at St Roberts where children teach the rest of the school about a particular language and culture that is important to them.


Please see below for the curriculum overview and skills progression throughout the school.