‘Together in God’s loving family, we believe, we learn, we grow.’
At St Pius X, we desire to offer a high quality French education which fosters our pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Through engaging, interactive lessons, and whole school theme days and celebrations, we want children to be able to express their ideas and thoughts in French and also to respond to French speakers in both speech and writing. We also provide opportunities for children to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great French literature. Our MFL curriculum develops cultural capital and provides the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to live as global citizens with the potential to study and work in other countries.
In order to ensure our pupils receive a high quality French education, we have invested in a high quality scheme of work. This scheme is called ‘Salut!’ and it is jam-packed with fun and colourful resources for all lessons throughout KS2. It includes Interactive Whiteboard games, singalongs, stories and activities to help children get to grips with the language — and have plenty of fun while they’re at it. Teachers build on previous learning with regular retrieval practice and we establish cross-curricular links in order to embed learning.
The teaching of a language is not expected in KS1 but we believe it is in the best interests of our pupils to expose them to the French language before they reach Year 3. So in Reception and Years 1 and 2, you may hear the register being called in French! Children will learn classic French songs and they will participate in whole school theme days which will give them a strong foundation before they commence formal learning of the language in KS2.