French (Modern Foreign Language)


At Essex Primary School, we value and recognise all the languages that our children speak. As you walk around our school you will see signs in a variety of modern languages which reflect the number of languages spoken at home by our pupils.
We believe learning a foreign language helps children develop an appreciation of other cultures and deepens their understanding of the world. At Essex Primary School, pupils are taught French from Year 3 to Year 6. A key purpose of including a European dimension is to develop pupils’ understanding of cultural diversity, tolerance and to refine their attitudes and perceptions about other countries.

We aim to enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. Above all, we aim to provide opportunities for our pupils to communicate for practical purposes, so that they can use these skills within real-life situations.

Our teaching contains many interactive activities, with an emphasis on stories, games and songs recorded by native French speakers to engage and inspire pupils. Pupils become familiarised with the written word when each new item of vocabulary is introduced, and they are encouraged to make links between phonemes and graphemes as soon as possible. Pupils gradually extend their vocabulary and come to grips with using more complex language.

Each year we offer the opportunity for some of our Year 6 pupils to visit France. This enables the children to learn about cultural diversity and life in another country as well as practise their French.