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Modern Foreign language

At Coppetts Wood, our vision is that children will develop their language learning skills and become all-round global citizens. We teach French as a Modern Foreign Language in order to prepare our children for a rapidly changing world. Learning another language prepares our children for life in modern Britain; in which work and activities increasingly involve using languages other than English.


We aim to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of both the world around them and their own language. We intend that through learning French, and exploring French speaking nations, our pupils will develop an awareness of cultural differences and develop a tolerance of diversity within society.


Our children will be able to acquire and develop language skills, using what they have learned in a range of contexts with increasing competence and confidence.


 We aim for children to:

- develop an enthusiastic and positive attitude to other languages and language learning

- appreciate that language learning is a skill for life

- understand and respond to spoken and written French.

- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and accurate pronunciation

- write from a model, using basic grammatical structures

- read and appreciate a range of writing in French

- make links with English vocabulary and grammar which will deepen their understanding of both languages

- acquire language learning strategies that will form a sound basis for further language learning at KS3 and beyond.


French is taught as a coherent programme from Year 1 to Year 6 by a specialist language teacher.  Each class from Year 1 upwards has a half hour weekly French lesson which focuses on speaking, listening, reading, writing, knowledge about language and language learning strategies.