Languages Intent Statement 

Here at Riverside, we believe that our children can and should do great things. As such, we begin French language tuition from Year 1 to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world. In years 1 and 2 children receive a foundation knowledge of key vocabulary and begin to develop their speaking, listening skills and early word recognition. Games, songs, rhymes are utilised to engage and motivate pupils.  

For years 3 to 6, we use the Rising Stars French program to provide a comprehensive progression of skills and knowledge. Through this Children further, develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in French.







Children within Key Stage 2 are taught French. Within our younger year groups incidental French is taught. It is our aim that children will be able to understand the spoken and written word and will be able to speak with greater fluency by the time they leave in Year 6.


At Key Stage 2 children are taught to:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
  • 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; seek clarification and help.
  • Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
  • Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.
  • Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.
  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.
  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.


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