French and Latin


French is introduced in Nursery and Reception, together with other languages, and forms part of their module ‘Understanding of the world’. The children become used to the idea of a multi-cultural and multi-lingual world through the use of songs, movement, finger rhymes and craft activities.

In Years 1 and 2, French is taught for a thirty-five minute lesson each week with the aim to develop an ear for the language. The children begin to understand and reproduce vocabulary and expressions in an authentic accent in the process of having fun.

In Years 3 to 6, with two thirty-five minute lessons each week, the children learn to read and write in French, as well as continuing to expand their oral skills. Whilst maintaining the fun of the subject, they begin to establish a soundly structured framework of elementary grammar and practise transferable language learning skills. They are taught with a variety of audio-visual methods using songs, games and computer technology, as well as traditional teaching methods.

Outside the classroom, there are special events in each year group to promote enthusiasm for the language as well as intercultural understanding:

  • Year 3 enjoys a French breakfast
  • Year 4 has a French Day when all the lessons have a French focus
  • Year 5 is involved in a poetry speaking competition
  • Year 6 girls spend a week away in Normandy, absorbing the cultural differences and trying out their spoken French in the market and shops.


This course offered in Year 6 provides a lively introduction to the Latin language and the culture of Roman Britain. The textbook, ‘Minimus: Starting out in Latin’, is used to teach the foundations of this language through comic strips, stories and myths. In addition to this, lessons are taught through games, drama and the use of the interactive whiteboard.

Please follow this link to the Minimus website.


Year 4 French Assembly - January 2017