At Thomas Jones, we meet the requirements of the National Curriculum for French; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of French language, grammatical knowledge and communication skills; and developing in children a love for language learning.

The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children are equipped with French language skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. We want our pupils to have thoroughly enjoyed learning French, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.

French assessment takes place regularly in a variety of ways, including through children’s spoken, aural, reading and written work. Throughout sessions, pupils are assessed informally by classroom staff, which then feeds into the planning and teaching of subsequent lessons. Children’s written and reading work is recorded in children’s books throughout the course of each unit. At the end of each unit, teachers record video evidence to demonstrate pupils’ progress and learning in speaking and listening. At the end of each academic year, teachers must also complete a unit tracker sheet to be transferred up with pupils, to ensure learning takes place in a coherent fashion.

The outcome of a rich, rigorous and connected experience of learning in French is a language learner who can:

  • Understand and respond to a wide range of different questions
  • Communicate their thoughts and ideas clearly, in oral and written form
  • Use prior language learning to deduce the meaning of unfamiliar language and texts
  • Understand key grammatical concepts and use these in their own communication
  • Talk confidently about a range of age-appropriate French literature
  • Talk confidently about the differences between British and French culture

Our children will have built up a broad range of skills and will be able to apply these independently.