Vision Statement for Modern Foreign Languages

French is the modern foreign language taught at Christ The King RC Primary School. We believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils.

Our teaching provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language; we aim to enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in conversation and in writing. We believe that the Rigolo programme we have adopted, enhances and enthuses pupils’ learning by bringing the Rigolo characters to life and it is a vital tool in the classroom when teaching French. We use a variety of techniques to encourage creativity in children’s learning and engagement including: games, role plays, songs and miming techniques to memorise vocabulary.

At Christ The King, we teach our pupils to;

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by repeating 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.
  • Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading.
  • Present ideas and information orally to an audience.
  • 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 appropriate to the language being studied.