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At Wheelock we teach the children to speak, write and read in French as an opening to another culture and enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language.  We begin teaching French in Reception to Year 6, therefore laying the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. At Wheelock we want to enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. At Wheelock we value the importance of opening our children community up to other cultures and ways of living in a respectful way. Linking to our Community values we want the children to leave Wheelock ready to take their place in our global community we live in. 



Teachers will follow the Step in progression for French document that lays out focused themes and topics to cover from Reception to Year 6. This ensures that children are building on previous knowledge from each year and applying and challenging new language and thinking. To support the teachers a long term coverage document shows how these themes and topics can be supported with the use of Linguacope.

Teachers will plan for French half termly and fit this in with the Steps in progression document and link to topics or events that fit in that term if possible.

Evidence is collected in a class book that is added to through-out the year. This documents the coverage of the subject and can be checked and monitored by the subject leader.



By the time the children leave Wheelock we aim for them to;

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.