“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things. It is learning another way to think about things.”
- Flora Lewis
We aim to provide a strong foundation in French and generate enthusiasm and confidence. We hope that pupils will continue their language journey beyond their primary years. Our structured syllabus gives our pupils the greatest chance of success for the future.
The importance of French
“Learning another language and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy; imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children.”
- Secretary of State for Education
Language-learning broadens the pupils’ views and understanding of the world. By opening children’s minds to another way of thinking and expression, we are opening small doors that can lead to bigger ones. Learning a language to the depth we achieve at our school makes a huge contribution to their Social Moral Spiritual Cultural development.
French at Seaford Primary School
French has a dedicated slot on the timetable in KS2 and a specialist teacher. As well as teaching “different words for the same things,” we introduce key grammatical concepts and cultural approaches. Learning another language is not just words and phrases. Our pupils are keen to learn more about life in France and beyond. We achieve this through video footage and discussion. They learn about linguistic concepts that do not exist in English. The syllabus is ambitious but taught in a lively, engaging and accessible way. It is very important that the atmosphere in each lesson is positive, safe and respectful. Hesitant pupils are encouraged to try things out of their comfort zone without fear of failure. We give all pupils the chance to enjoy success and a have sense of achievement. Most of our learning is speaking, listening and reading in various forms. We give lots of support for occasional written tasks. A very popular activity among pupils is singing songs. It is wonderfully accessible easily differentiated. Pupils can join in at a level that is comfortable for them.
What our pupils say about French
“I like singing songs in French.”
“The French I learn here helps me every year when I go to France.”
“French lessons are really fun.”
“It’s exciting learning new words.”