This page was updated: September 2020
Next update due: September 2021

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.
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.

Click here to view our whole school curriculum for French

Click on the cross at the bottom to close this page

For starting school September 2021 

You are automatically on the waiting list of any school of higher preference choice to the one you are offered.  

Waiting list for Lewisham Community Schools will not be available until after 31st May 2021. Parents are asked not to ring before this date.

However, if you require any other information, please do not hesitate to contact the admissions officer via 02088521601 or


  • Parents wishing to lodge appeals should do so by Friday 14th May 2021.
  • For community schools in Lewisham parents should contact Jasmine Kassim, on Tel: 0208 314 8577
  • Appeals lodged after Friday 14th May 2021 will not be heard until September 2021.

More information on the process and for Appeals can be found here:-