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At Farsley Springbank Primary School, we aim to deliver a high quality, varied and fun French curriculum, which engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of language learning and to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Our commitment to working towards the 'Artsmark' ensures that we are developing an arts rich commitment for our children.  We enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in French and to understand and respond, both in speech and in writing. We also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read literature in French. Children also learn lots of songs and some dancing as part of their French curriculum.

We aim to expose our children to native speakers through the use of songs, films and sound and video clips.  We believe that by giving children access to learning about other cultures, other languages and about where language comes from will give them a rich experience, which will give them an insight into life in other parts of the world.


As a school and in accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.


In Key Stage 2 the children move through units which each have a different focus. They learn a wide range of songs, many of which are taught through actions. They also play lots of games which helps to embed new vocabulary and makes it fun to learn. They learn via the following strands: Speaking and Listening; Songs, Stories and Rhymes; Reading and Writing and Grammar. As they move through the Key Stage, they revisit focuses and concepts and build on these previously learnt skills and knowledge.

As part of the units which the children work through, they find out about culture in France as well as learning the language. The children learn about key festivals and about different parts of France. When there is opportunity to do so, the children learn about current events.