Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
French is taught at Key Stage Two, through 12 units from the Framework for Languages, with a strong focus on speaking and listening. Teachers use a variety of techniques to actively engage pupils in learning including games, role play and action songs. A physical element is used in some games, rhymes and songs to reinforce memory.