Why do we teach French?

At St Silas Primary school, we have taken the decision to teach French  as our modern foreign language.  Although many of our children are multilingual, we took the decision that the children should learn a modern European language. 

The reason we teach French is that:

  • the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils.
  • it helps them to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with an aim of making substantial progress in one language.
  • children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for further language learning in future.
  • learning another language will give children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others, which feeds into our focus on global learning.
  • it fosters an interest in learning other languages  
  • it introduces young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun  stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language  
  • it develops their speaking and listening skills  
  • it lay the foundations for future study  
  • extends language teaching beyond mother tongue learning

How do we teach French?

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning ,French is taught by specialist teacher. It is introduced to our children in EYFS and they build on their skills through KS1 and KS2. The national curriculum is the basis for our curriculum and is extended into EYFS and KS1

French Knowledge Organisers

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French Progression Map

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Our specialist teachers assess the children and reports to our staff who then report to parents.


Message from the Subject Leader

The subject Lead is Mrs Raja. She works with junior jam to ensure French is taught across the whole school. She loves travelling the world, learning about new countries and their special cultures and their languages. It is hoped that the children will also foster a love of language and a desire to further learn beyond the classroom and in their future. Early language learning is important as it gives children a good understanding of the structure of other languages and it gives children the opportunity to develop their cultural understanding. It supports the children’s transition into local secondary schools, which also teach French alongside other languages.


Support for Parents

Below you will find websites and resources that can be used to help the children in their French learning.


A straightforward translation tool, not only is it able to translate French to English and vice versa, it speaks the translated language too.


This website has some useful French skills and games to try.