September 22, 2019



With the opening of St Benedict’s building in September 2009 we introduced French to the curriculum in our dedicated language laboratory. We offer French from Early Years through to Y6 with children being taught in small groups with access to computers and French educational software. This is more than the NEW 2014 Curriculum requires.

In Key Stage 1 teaching is very informal and structured around the use of drama, rhymes, songs and games. Learning a foreign language requires plenty of revision and repetition so we build up a repertoire of simple action songs and games to ensure lessons are kept lively, interactive and fun.

The same interactive approach is maintained in Key Stage 2 with the constant recycling of the language that has been taught through memory games and activities. French books are also introduced in Year 3 so that the skills of reading and writing are taught alongside listening and speaking. Learning is also supported through use of the internet and software such as “Rigolo” and “Euro Stars”, which pupils use as a whole class with the teacher and individually using the computers in the language laboratory. In this way pupils can make progress at their own pace.

All class teachers support the French teaching by having a “Word of the Week” to use at registration or other convenient times.

In Year 6, pupils are given the opportunity to visit Paris on our annual trip to the Chateau de Grande Romaine. The day they visit the market to buy their own lunch gives them a good opportunity to use their French. The highlight of this very popular event is an action-packed day in the centre of Paris where we visit the Eiffel Tower and see many other famous sights.

The school year is rounded off with a whole school French Day – a mixture of physical activities ( Boules, Tour de France and Dance), Art work – Monet, Matisse, Rousseau and Seurat and French songs and games.

Updated September 2017