At Barrs Court we teach French to all children from EYFS to KS2 as part of the normal school curriculum. We believe that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language in a fun and engaging way, the more quickly that language is acquired. Furthermore, learning a foreign language is an excellent way to develop intercultural understanding, understand their role as a global citizen and foster a love of further language learning.
In EYFS, pupils are exposed to occasional songs, rhymes and stories which creates an excitement about languages. In KS1 and KS2, French is taught in regular lessons by the class teacher, in practical and memorable ways. We follow our bespoke scheme of work (based on the National Curriculum Languages Programme of Study) which introduces new vocabulary and language structures whilst building on previous language learned (this allows for important repetition- essential in language learning for key vocabulary to be retained). Each year the children amaze themselves at their ability to be able to retell a story in French, they wow parents with their French singing and they record written passages of French in their writing books.
There are a number of fluent French speakers in Barrs Court who support the class teachers in their classroom delivery. We also have a wide range of Fench resources available such as high quality French books, songs and role play equipment.
Here are some of the things we do.