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‘Give Them Wings So They Can Fly!’



At Gisburn Primary School, we aim to foster inquisitiveness into Modern Foreign Languages. Through deepening pupils’ understanding of language and culture of other countries they can widen their understanding of the world. Language teaching provides the foundation of learning further languages, equipping pupils with the necessary skills and knowledge to study and work in other countries if they desired.



 At Gisburn Primary School, we teach French from Owls (Year 2/3) to Eagles (Year 5/6). We use Rigolo to provide the children with all the language skills they require and aim to use a wide variety of teaching techniques to deliver this scheme in order to encourage pupils to have an active engagement in languages, such as; games, role play, action songs, stories. When possible, we invite native speakers into the classroom to provide an excellent model of the spoken language as well as to enhance their cultural understanding.


Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish so they can become the very best version of themselves.


We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.


 Through Language learning we aim to:


  • Stimulate and encourage pupils’ curiosity about language.
  • Introduce language learning in a way that is fun and enjoyable in order to encourage a lifelong love for languages.
  • Give pupils a positive, enthusiastic attitude to languages within a creative and inclusive environment.
  • Nurture an interest in learning other languages.
  • Teach pupils how to develop an awareness of language structure and that the structure differs from on language to another.
  • Develop pupils’ speaking and listening skills.
  • Lay the foundations for future study.



By the time the children leave our school they will:


  • Have the courage and confidence to speak in another language with good intonation and pronunciation.
  • Have strong awareness for different cultures and languages.
  • Be able to read a simple text in another language.
  • Have a passion for learning about new cultures and new languages.

SEND Quality First Teaching - French

Curriculum Skills and Progression in French