"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."

Nelson Mandela

At West Bretton, we teach French. We believe that teaching children a different language to their own is vitally important to encourage them to explore and try different experiences throughout their lives. At our school, we teach French across Key Stage 2 where we follow a Wakefield scheme of work which meets the requirements of the Programme of Study for Modern Languages and ensures progression of skills through Key Stage 2.

From a grammatical perspective, we become familiar with the notion of gender (‘le’ or ‘la’) and we encourage the children to have confidence manipulating the grammar. Whilst ensuring grammar is secure, we develop children’s confidence in the four skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing through fun and engaging activities.

All of our lessons allow children to gain an understanding and an appreciation of French culture, including providing children with the opportunity to be exposed to a range of high-quality French texts.

In summary, our aim for our children is that they leave our school as skilled, confident and enthusiastic language learners, with the opportunity to have their prior learning recognised, celebrated and extended at Key Stage 3.


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Thursday 15 April 2021