The importance of languages

At Lakeside Primary Academy we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils.  It helps them to develop communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works.  Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.

Intent of the French Curriculum at Lakeside 

  • foster an interest in language learning by introducing children to other languages in a way that is enjoyable and accessible to all pupils;
  • stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and creativity in experimenting with it;
  • support oracy and literacy, and in particular develop speaking and listening skills;
  • help children develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences;
  • lay the foundations for future language study by pupils;

Implementation of the French Curriculum at Lakeside 

French is taught from Year 3 to Year 6. Three lessons per half term have been allocated to each year group. The lessons are expected to last approximately 45
minutes to an hour and will probably be delivered fortnightly. Lessons build on from one another across the year group and across the key stage. Lessons draw on a variety of resources from the La Jolie Ronde scheme of work and the Early Start French scheme.
Teachers are also signposted to a variety of other resources such as songs, games and books which will help to make the delivery of the lesson stimulating and varied.
Lessons will include a mixture of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Lessons which encourage Intercultural Understanding of French culture and celebrations have also been included.

Speaking and listening
The children will learn to
• listen carefully and recognize sounds and combinations of sounds which are similar to, or different from, those of English;
• understand and respond with increasing competence, accuracy and confidence in a range of situations;
• join in with songs, rhymes and stories which enable them to practice the sounds of the language in an enjoyable and non-threatening way;
• take part in conversations at an appropriate level, reacting to instructions and questions and expressing opinions and feelings;

Reading and writing
The children will learn to
• remember vocabulary directly taught and reinforced through word games and similar activities;
• read stories and rhymes for enjoyment and to gain awareness of the structure of the written language;
• read, copy and write independently familiar words and simple phrases in context eg classroom items, display labels, weather chart, date;
• write sentences independently and from memory.

Intercultural understanding
The children will learn to
• describe the life of children in the countries where the language is spoken;
• identify similarities and differences in everyday life, social conventions, traditional stories and celebrations;
• recognize how symbols, products and objects can represent the culture of a country, and how aspects of the culture of different countries become incorporated in the daily life of others;

French lessons are delivered in a variety of different ways so that various key skills are practised.

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Practising conversations to reinforce key language.

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Playing games helps to retain key knowledge.

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Writing French phrases helps understanding.

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Children used role play to help them learn the vocabulary linked to French food as they pretended to order food from menus that they had created.

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Learning how people in France celebrate different festivals is an important part of intercultural understanding as we recognise similarities and differences between ourselves and others.

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Learning about landmarks and different regions and places in France is an important part of the curriculum.

Websites to help with learning French


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