French is taught as a stand-alone subject, split into the strands of speaking and listening, writing and reading, with links being made to other areas of the curriculum where those links are strong. Children coming into Christ the King have limited access French as a language, so teachers ensure that exposure to French, and information about France, forms a part of the school’s curriculum to fill these gaps. Vocabulary is also given a central focus due to the low literacy entry points of the children to the school.
Christ the King follows the National Curriculum for French in all year groups in KS2 to enable children to make good progress from Year 3 to Year 6. Teachers make links to knowledge acquired in previous year groups explicit and adapt lessons so that all children can participate and reach end of year expectations. Speaking, listening and vocabulary is taught throughout each unit of work with ample opportunities for children to use their French skills verbally whilst developing written skills in upper KS2.