At Cotmanhay Junior School, we have an ambitious and clear intent for French language learning that is underpinned by the belief that language learning is a valuable skill that cultivates children into global citizens. Our aim is to nurture children’s curiosity for a new language, developing a deep appreciation and understanding for France and the wider French-speaking world whilst boosting their cultural capital in the process. We teach French through the Twinkl scheme of learning and a variety of language learning games, intending to improve children’s vocabulary and confidence in speaking, reading and writing French. As a school, we aim to provide a rich and authentic French curriculum that is both accessible and challenging for all children, regardless of their starting point.
Our French curriculum is designed with the principles of fluency and cultural capital at its core. We provide our teachers and TAs with the right tools and training to help them become confident in the delivery of our languages curriculum. We provide regular opportunities for our pupils to practice speaking, listening, reading and writing in French, which allows children to build on their previous knowledge, year on year. Our French teaching is integrated throughout the school and supported by regular celebrations such as ‘French Friday’, where children’s are encouraged to use purposeful French phrases throughout the day and ‘French Day!’, when children become immersed in learning about French culture, traditions, lifestyle and customs.