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Languages at The Sherwood School


At The Sherwood School, we aim to develop children’s curiosity and enthusiasm about languages. Our approach to language teaching is designed to ensure children develop a positive attitude towards language learning, to develop their awareness of different languages and cultures and to give them language learning skills that provide a solid foundation for future language learning opportunities.


In the Early Years and Key Stage 1, different languages are shared, including using greetings during registration and songs. We encourage children to share vocabulary in their home language and we recognise the importance learning different languages has on building confidence. French Club is open to Year 2 pupils during the summer term to introduce the children to French songs and stories and to prepare them for weekly French lessons in Key Stage 2.


Children begin having French lessons in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) and are taught by their class teacher. There is a topic focus for each half term based upon the Rigolo teaching scheme. Topics include "All About Me", "In Town" and "Festivals". Through the teaching of each topic, children are given the opportunity to develop their vocabulary through songs, stories and games. They are able to develop their listening and speaking skills and to begin to present their ideas orally and in writing. The patterns and sounds of language are explored to help the children develop accurate spelling and pronunciation. Children develop intercultural understanding by making comparisons between life in the UK and France and other French speaking countries. They are given opportunities to use ICT to support their language acquisition.



As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, we actively promote and celebrate diversity, encouraging our children to use their language speaking skills as translators for their peers where needed.


Please see the curriculum map attached for further detail about our languages curriculum at The Sherwood and for further details of what your child will be learning in French this term please refer to their year group’s ‘Class Page’.