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Learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience in preparation for future life. A language is also studied at secondary school and many children continue with French or learn Spanish or German.

French is taught in all KS2 classes in a lively and interactive environment. Children are taught to communicate mainly through the language skills of listening and speaking, with reading and writing and grammar becoming an increasing focus in years 5 & 6. They practise pronouncing and spelling new words, learn key grammatical structures and begin to recognize patterns in language.

We use a scheme called “Ma Petite Grammaire” for some simple grammar practise, and a series called “stories with Luc et Sophie” which are a fiction texts on a variety of topics leading to writing and improved pronunciation when reading.  We do role-play activities to use phrases and vocabulary we have learnt, for example; a Café in year 5, a pet survey in year 4, and a weather report in year 6. In year three we draw a pencil case and label it with colours and objects.

We also aim to increase the knowledge and cultural understanding of students using new non-fiction reading books on various topics linked to the class themes, for example, “Des animaux importants”, “Bon Appétit”, “C’est ça, Paris!” and some film clips.

Stanley Primary School, Strathmore Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 8UH

Tel: 020 8977 4858