French Statement 

At Wickhambrook we are committed to all of our children, from EYFS to Yr6, having the opportunity to experience first hand a modern foreign language. Learning a foreign language 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 ​​

  • 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 ​​

  • 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​

  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied. ​​

By the time children at Wickhambrook leave their primary education they will feel confident and self-assured in a foreign language, setting them in good stead for the beginning of their secondary education.​