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As Linguists...

Children will develop the skills to:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding and develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.               
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences  
  • Use discussion in order to learn; and elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas both formally and informally   



 At OBN school we aim to teach children to master French to the extent that they can make use of languages effectively in their everyday lives and understand that in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language.  Children will be able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We also aim to provide the foundation to ensure children will be engaged and prepared to continue language learning at Secondary School.

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

• Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.

• Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.

• Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.

• Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied



We follow a broad and balanced Languages curriculum (Kapow Primary) that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. As we are a mixed-age school, French is taught on a 2-year rolling programme as identified on the planning document. Children have weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2, using the resources and units of work from Kapow Primary. In Lower KS2, children acquire basic skills and understanding of French with a strong emphasis placed on developing their Speaking and Listening skills and basic vocabulary. These will be embedded and further developed in Upper KS2, alongside Reading and Writing, gradually progressing onto more complex language concepts including a range of tenses, gender of nouns and agreement of adjectives.



• Be able to engage in purposeful dialogue in practical situations (e.g., ordering in a cafe, following directions) and express an opinion.

• Make increasingly accurate attempts to read unfamiliar words, phrases, and short texts.

• Speak and read aloud with confidence and accuracy in pronunciation. • Demonstrate understanding of spoken language by listening and responding appropriately.

• Use a bilingual dictionary to support their language learning.

• Be able to identify word classes in a sentence and apply grammatical rules they have learnt.

• Be able to construct short texts on familiar topics.