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At Westbourne, we teach French as a foreign language to all our children. We do this for several reasons. Firstly, we believe that many children really enjoy learning to speak another language. Secondly, we also believe that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language is acquired.


The aims and objectives of learning a modern foreign language in our school are:


to foster an interest in learning other languages


to introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun


to make young children aware that language has structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another


to help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries


to develop their speaking and listening skills


We use a variety of techniques to encourage the children to engage actively. These include role play, songs and fun interactive games. We make the lessons as entertaining as possible, as we believe this approach serves to develop a positive attitude in the children to the learning of modern foreign languages. We try to encourage the learning of new vocabulary to be as animated as possible as we feel this serves to reinforce memory.


Here is an overview of the French topics covered in each year group:


EYFS: Greetings, Colours


Year 1: Numbers, Commands, French Cafe


Year 2: Animals, Families, Food


Year 3: I Can Speak French, All About Me and My Family


Year 4: Animals, My Birthday, The World


Year 5: My School, Sport, What Would You Like?


Year 6: Clothes, I live, A French Speaking Country


Below is a useful website that will help your child engage in French activities at home: