Woodland View Primary School


Learning French

The study of languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English. At Woodland View Primary school we teach French, in line with the request from our main feeder secondary school, Ashfield. Children use languages to communicate information responsibly and creatively. They learn how to use languages to enable access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures.

Understanding a modern foreign language increases a child’s understanding of their own language. The process of learning a foreign language reinforces fluency and understanding of grammar, syntax, sentence structure and verbal precision.

Through our teaching of French we aim to:

  • Ensure every child has the opportunity throughout Key Stage 2 to study a foreign language and develop their interest in the culture of other nations
  • Ensure that Year 1 and Year 2 children begin to learn French vocabulary to help them as they begin to learn French more formally in KS2
  • Ensure pupils’ learning is enriched in a broad curriculum to which languages contribute
  • Ensure pupils have access to high quality teaching and learning opportunities,
  • Provide language teaching informed by Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Cultural Understanding.

Children regularly bring French vocabulary home to share with their families. They can use QR codes to listen to French pronunciation to help them learn.

Useful websites for children’s games.

Hello World:  http://www.hello-world.com/games/children.php/?language=French&translate=English

BBC:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/french/