St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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The National Curriculum (2014) states that, it is compulsory for pupils in Key Stage 2 to be taught a foreign language. Drawing on the expertise of our staff, at St Joseph’s our pupils learn French.

The focus of study in French lessons is on practical communication however pupils are also taught to:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in 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; seek clarification and help.    
  • Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
  • 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.


St Joseph’s uses the Lightbulb Languages French scheme of work  as it has been written by professional language teachers aimed at supporting primary schools. It is a 4 year rolling programme designed to be taught in 30 minute lessons with follow-on short activities during the week. The overview can be found here.

French Scheme of Work Overview

French Curriculum Day June 2021