The aim of the French lessons in Primary school is to make the children’s experience of learning a new language as fun and exciting as possible. The lessons follow the new DfES scheme of work, meet the objectives of the Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages (DfES, 2014) and link with literacy, numeracy, ICT and other areas of the primary curriculum, and vice versa.
Each junior class (Year 3 to 6) has on average 60 minutes of French a week. The activities range from learning how to greet people to being able to hold a conversation on for example family members, animals, weather and food. They develop their intercultural understanding by listening to and learning French songs and poems with a native speaker, increase their cultural awareness by learning about different countries and their people, and working with materials from those countries and communities.