French

At Ladysmith, French is taught to deliver the Modern Foreign Language Curriculum. The earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language is acquired so we begin teaching from Year 3 up to Year 6. 

Learning another language gives children the valuable opportunity to develop positive attitudes to, and respect for, languages and cultures other than their own.  We aim to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of both the world around them and their own language.  Our children will be able to acquire and develop language skills, using what they have learned in a range of contexts with increasing competence and confidence.

In our French lessons we want our children to:

  • Enjoy using a language other than English
  • Feel that speaking other languages is not only valuable but also attainable
  • Appreciate and value the range of languages spoken within our school
  • Develop a better understanding of the English language, grammar, language learning and communication.
  • Develop an awareness of cultural differences and similarities within school and the world as a whole
  • Be open-minded, confident and adventurous in all aspects of their learning.

We use a variety of techniques to ensure children enjoy learning French: these include games, role-play, songs (particularly action songs), storytelling and ICT programs. To bring the language to life we incorporate real objects and events e.g. food, clothes, puppets, toys, celebrations. We watch and listen to video recordings in order to expose the children to a variety of real French voices. We endeavour to make our lessons stimulating and enjoyable in order to develop a positive attitude towards learning a foreign language.