Rothley Church of England Primary (Academy)

"Working together to achieve value and recognise the strengths of all"


Teaching Languages  

We have taught French in school for several years. This starts in year 3 and is delivered by a language specialist teacher. The children throughout key stage two have a discreet weekly lesson. With the introduction of the New National Curriculum 2014 the focus has been on building skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. 

 Resources include learning and singing French songs, visual literacy showing film clips many based in French schools, flash cards and games that support developing vocabulary. Number games support developing the fluency of using maths with French vocabulary. French web sites are used alongside you tube. The scheme of work used is published by La Jolie Ronde which is a comprehensive scheme of work across key stage 2.  

Songs support RE and SMSC curriculum and reflect the Christian ethos at particular times in the liturgical year i.e. Silent Night one verse that is fully understood using the French vocabulary and school prayers are translated. 

All through Key stage two the children have a workbook which travels across the key stage and builds on year by year developing deep vocabulary and can be referenced by the children. 

Children in role play are filmed and then they review this as a class and reflect on how to improve . This also allows them to hear themselves and others speaking and communicating in a modern foreign language. This links with their ICT learning. Food technology will be a future development. 

Children leave Rothley  able to 

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources 
  • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity. 
  • Use discussion and questions to continually improve the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation. 
  • Write at varying length for different purposes and audiences using the variety grammatical structures they have learned 
  • Discover and develop an appreciation or a range of writing in the language they have studied.   

There is a school action plan which is reviewed annually.  

We are very lucky to have Madam Hooper teaching our children French in Year 4, 5 and 6.  She also runs an after school club for the younger children.

We at Rothley have always put a high priority in the  teaching of another language. 


Mr Richard's Class

Miss Crespin's Class