Evidence suggests that learning a foreign language can improve listening and writing skills, boost creativity and sharpen the mind. It can broaden horizons and open doors to all sorts of opportunities, providing an opening to other cultures. At St Christopher’s we believe that a high-quality language education fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Our teaching enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. French is introduced in Year 4 and taught by a native French speaking, specialist teacher for 1 hour each week.
The French curriculum is based on the British National curriculum programme of study for MFL and currently uses the text books Petit Pont 1 and 2 as a base. In addition selected children in Year 6 are given the opportunity to extend their language skills through Delf and Delf Prim which are a series of certificates awarded by the French Ministry of Education for proficiency in French as a foreign language.
The emphasis is on communication in a fun and stimulating learning environment. French lessons include songs, games, role-play, learning about French culture, writing projects, and activities online. The French curriculum is enhanced through activities such as French Trips to Paris, French Assemblies, and a French Day.