At Patterdale C of E School, we offer a sequence of lessons, ensuring progressive coverage of the skills required by the national curriculum. We provide an introduction to the culture of French-speaking countries and communities aiming to foster children’s curiosity and help deepen their understanding of the world. The Primary French Project has been chosen to allow opportunity for children to gradually build on their skills, along with selected elements from other schemes, enabling children to express themselves in French and allow them opportunities to interact and communicate with others both in speech and in writing. At the heart of French at Patterdale, is the desire to expose children to authentic French, whilst offering regular opportunities to listen to native speakers either in person or on line.
In Lower KS2, children acquire basic skills and understanding of French with a strong emphasis placed on developing their Speaking and Listening skills. These will be embedded and further developed in Upper KS2, alongside Reading and Writing, gradually progressing onto more complex language concepts.
We intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of languages and to expand their horizons to other countries, cultures and people. We aim to help children grow into curious, confident and reflective language learners and to provide them with a foundation that will equip them for further language studies.