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, speaking, with reading and writing becoming more of a focus in years 5 & 6. They practice pronouncing and spelling new words, learn key grammatical structures and begin to recognize patterns in language.
We use a programme called ‘Rigolo’ involving videos, interactive games, songs and some written exercises. The adventures of “Bof le Dragon” and his friends are enthusiastically followed by all! We do role-plays in order to practice speaking the new 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, Bonne Appétite, C’est ça, Paris!
Stanley Primary School, Strathmore Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 8UH
Tel: 020 8977 4858