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What French looks like in Holmer C of E Academy



What French looks like in our school:


  • Opportunities to learn about life in another country, developing an awareness of cultural similarities and differences;

  • Speaking and listening activities to develop confidence with pronunciation and speaking and listening skills;

  • Enjoyable and fun activities and songs to foster an interest in learning another language;

  • Grammar activities which reinforce and develop their understanding of their own language;


This is our philosophy:


  • Children learning through enjoyable activities;

  • French language embedded throughout the school with instructions, class routines etc sometimes delivered in French.


This is what we do:


  • A progressive curriculum with areas of vocabulary revisited and built on each year, with a clear progression in core skills of reading, writing speaking and listening.

  • 30-45 minutes of French teaching for 10 weeks each term.

  • Start each lesson with speaking and listening revision of language from previous lessons.

  • Teach language based on familiar areas – the home, food, meeting people, familiar sons and stories.


This is what you might typically see:


  • Happy and engaged learners

  • A variety of techniques used to encourage active engagement – games, role play and songs.

  • Engagement and perseverance

  • Self-motivated children

  • Children talking about, sharing and reflecting on their learning


This is how we know how well our pupils are doing:


  • Marking and feedback by teacher and peers.

  • Displays of work in classrooms

  • At the end of each year the skills are highlighted according to whether a child has demonstrated that they have met a skill and a summary judgement is made of whether the child is Working Towards, Working At or Secure in the skills for their year group.

  • mistakes/misconceptions

  • Targeted use of TAs- TAs noting and recording observations of individual children

This is the impact of the teaching:


  • Children who are excited about learning a foreign language

  • Children who are able to gain an insight on the similarities and difference between different countries.

  • Children with developing confidence in their ability to communicate orally and in writing in a foreign language.