French

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At Airy Hill, we are committed a high quality programme to teaching French as we believe that it exposes children to other cultures and develops their curiosity and deepens their understanding with regards to  global values.

In KS2, all pupils receive weekly French lessons. The school follows the North Yorkshire French Scheme devised by the local authority. This sets out a progression of French Oracy, Literacy and cultural understanding. French is taught to all children from Year 1 to Year 6 in weekly 30 minute sessions.

Pupils at Airy Hill are to actively engage in each French lesson, developing a range of skills over each key stage. All of the learning which takes place is adapted to meet the needs of all our pupils and is often oral rehearsal, singing and presenting creating a learning environment which is challenging, exciting and rewarding.

To fully engage in this area of learning pupils will need to learn increasingly complex French vocabulary and, in the older classes, French grammar.

Assessment and Evidence

The teachers delivering the French curriculum build up a portfolio of learning each term which demonstrates the progress that has been made within the class.

Further opportunities

The school has an annual ‘French Day’ during which children learn about French culture and practise speaking French with their peers and their family. Cross-curricular links are made regularly with Maths, ICT, Drama and other curriculum areas.

As a result, we hope that children will be able to express their thoughts and ideas in another language and discuss and respond with others in speech and in writing. Children take part in responding to verbal and written language, they speak with increasing confidence and spontaneity and they can write in French in varying lengths.

Duolingo - The world's best way to learn a languageWe also recommend that children use the 'duolingo' app, daily, to reinforce their understanding of French vocabulary.


We believe that there are many benefits in supporting children to become bilingual. Bilingual children learn faster and easier, have improved problem solving skills and creativity, and have more career opportunities in adulthood. They also find it easier to connect with other cultures which makes them more open-minded and tolerant of diversity. It is also much easier to learn a second language at an early age.

We teach French because is it a major language of international communication and is fun to learn for children of primary school age.  The school follows the North Yorkshire French Scheme devised by the local authority. This sets out a progression of French Oracy, Literacy and cultural understanding. French is taught to all children from Year 1 to Year 6 in weekly 30 minute sessions.  Pupils at Airy Hill are to actively engage in each French lesson, developing a range of skills over each key stage.