This page was updated: September 2022
Next update due: September 2023
Subject Lead: Julie Plantecoste

The study of languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English.
At John Ball Primary school we teach French, in line with the request from our main feeder secondary schools. Children use languages to communicate information responsibly and creatively. They learn how to use languages to enable access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures.  Children are taught French from Mme. Patten, our specialist French teacher.

Understanding a modern foreign language increases a child’s understanding of their own language. The process of learning a foreign language reinforces fluency and understanding of grammar, syntax, sentence structure and verbal precision.

Through our teaching of French we aim to:

  • Ensure every child has the opportunity throughout the school to study a foreign language and develop their interest in the culture of other nations.
  • Ensure pupils’ learning is enriched in a broad curriculum to which languages contribute.
  • Ensure pupils have access to high quality teaching and learning opportunities.
  • Provide language teaching informed by Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Cultural Understanding

Our curriculum:

  • All children are involved in oral participation.
  • Embraces learning French vocabulary through songs, familiar stories and role play.Includes a book focus for children up to Year 4 – this introduces children to a wide vocabulary supported with picture clues and actions.
  • Includes writing and art activities.
  • Embraces a range of different learning techniques.
  • Ensures that children are required to respond to class instructions in French.