William Shrewsbury Primary School


"Languages are an essential part of a broad, balanced curriculum. Not only do they provide an opportunity to communicate more effectively with others, they also help children to understand what it is to be a global citizen. This includes the importance of tolerance and understanding, which is crucial knowledge in today's world."

Michael Wardle HMI, Ofsted's subject lead for languages.


French at William Shrewsbury Primary School 

At William Shrewsbury we believe it is important for all children in KS2 to not only be given the opportunity to learn a new language, but to also gain an understanding of another country and its culture. Instilling a love of languages at an early age has many benefits and our aim is to offer pupils the chance to explore French in a variety of ways, to enable them to express their thoughts and ideas in a foreign language and to communicate with native speakers for practical purposes.


How French is taught at William Shrewsbury Primary School 

French is taught formally from Years 3 - 6 and younger pupils are introduced to French vocabulary through songs, rhymes and games. A French Club is also offered to pupils in Year 2 in the Autumn Term and to Year 6 pupils in the Summer Term.

The French curriculum at William Shrewsbury is planned around pupil progression in the '3 pillars' of language (phonics, vocabulary and grammar) and provides pupils with opportunities to use French in a practical way.

French lessons are planned and delivered in a fun and engaging way, covering a variety of topics and allowing pupils to develop language learning skills. Specific areas of language are taught and revisited in each year group (greetings, introductions, describing oneself, giving opinions), building on and securing prior learning. Aspects of French culture are also included in lessons, such as food, geography, landmarks, sport, festivals and traditions, inspiring pupils to deepen their understanding of the world. Written and spoken resources are used so that children can access the language in different ways; picture resources are also used to support vocabulary learning.


French at Home 

There are lots of ways in which you can support your child with their French learning:

  • Talk to your child about the French they have been learning each week - can they teach you a new word or phrase?
  • Look at a world map together and discuss French speaking countries around the world. Can you choose one to research together?
  • French puzzles/games are available online to download.
  • Practise counting in French.
  • Cook a French meal or listen to French songs/music.
  • Explore the following useful websites: