“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”(Nelson Mandela) 

At Warton, we want to inspire all our pupils with a love and passion for languages and to open their eyes to other cultures and languages around the world. We feel that learning a language helps children to better understand their place as a citizen of this country and the world more generally, in a manner that goes far beyond the classroom. Through exposure to the customs and traditions of other countries, we encourage our children to think about the world from a different point of view. In doing this, we aim to build cultural sensitivity and ignite a sense of awe and wonder about where languages can take our pupils, both now and in the future.  

By learning that each language has its own style, idioms, cultural references and heritage, our children are challenged to think about how societies are formed and the interconnectedness of the world. We believe that learning a language can provide freedom from insularity and build empathy so that we can create a kind and compassionate world together.  

Research shows that language learning has multiple benefits on brain cognition and personal development, from academic performance, concentration and communication skills to memory and creativity. 

Our French curriculum is varied and engaging so that our children feel motivated and confident in their French learning, and have a clear understanding of what to do next to improve. In line with the national curriculum aims, the ‘three pillars’ of language learning – phonics, vocabulary and grammar – are embedded in all of our lessons so that the children can become independent and confident communicators in French.  

Through their languages journey at Warton, children gain a sound grasp of the sound-spelling-meaning link in French and build from oracy to literacy so that they have the tools to be able to say what they want to say, understand the ideas of others and respond to those in French, both in speech and in writing.  

We explore the similarities and differences between French and English and this gives children an increased awareness and understanding of the building blocks of their own language and develops their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. 

We use songs, stories and rhymes in all our lessons to engage and motivate pupils in lessons and there are many opportunities throughout their language journey to learn about the French speaking world and celebrate the culture, traditions, customs and festivals of French speaking countries.  

In line with the National Curriculum, children will be taught to: 

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding 
  •  explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words  
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help 
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures 
  •  develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases 
  •  present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences 
  •  read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing  
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language 
  •  broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary  
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly 
  •  describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing 
  •  understand basic grammar, including: feminine and masculine forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.