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St Matthews CofE Primary School

St Matthew's

Church of England Primary School

"Our vision is to enable our whole school community to live life in all its fullness." based on John 10:10


 Languages are taught in French at St Matthew's C of E, and our aim is to promote a positive language-learning experience. Pupils will have the opportunity to develop the four key skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking through the teaching of phonics, grammar and vocabulary.

In KS2, we are following KAPOW’s scheme of work. Our French-speaking teachers will adapt this scheme to meet the needs of the individual learners in their class. Our curriculum is a spiral curriculum, which means skills and grammar concepts are frequently revisited with increasing depth so that pupils can build upon previous knowledge.

During French lessons, children begin to gain confidence in language learning through songs and games, as well as studying books and completing a range of activities with them. As they progress throughout school, they are equipped to begin to manipulate the language and can talk about themselves, their interests and can interact appropriately in a range of situations, for example, cafés and shops. Towards the end of Year 6, the children are able to write sentences/postcards and/or letters in French, and enjoy a better understanding of the culture of France.

Throughout the whole school, pupils get the opportunity to develop their intercultural understanding through French afternoons and Languages Week, where we celebrate French traditions and events.