Boston St Nicholas C of E Primary School
Languages (French)
Welcome to the home of French on our school website. The past year has been an exciting time for languages in school, although many of our children already speak more than one language we are now providing opportunities to learn another in all of our Key Stage 2 classes. Topics covered this year include; food and drink, colours, greetings, numbers and parts of the body. The children have had the opportunity to read, learn and share a range of different stories and songs this year including 'La Chenille Qui Fait Des Trous' (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) and The Grufallo. The current Year 4 class are 'formidable' at performing 'Tête, Épaules, Genoux et Pieds' (Heads, shoulders, knees and toes) so ask for a demonstration! We are thrilled with the fantastic start the children have made to learning French and we are excited for this to continue over the next year as well. Look out for special events throughout the year including tradition carols at Christmas and some French Easter traditions.
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources;
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation;
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt; and
​- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.