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In French lessons at Manland in KS2 children are taught speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through a variety of ways including playing games, singing songs, watching DVD clips of French children modelling the language, grammar exercises, speaking and listening exercise, role plays, use of ICT and exploring the culture of French-speaking countries. From the beginning we introduce basic grammar and encourage children to recognise the key features and patterns of the language and how to build sentences using structures and familiar language they know. We are keen to encourage the children to enjoy their French lessons and to be confident to have a go at speaking, reading and writing the language. There are French signs around the school and pupils are encouraged to speak French or other languages outside their French lessons too.


In line with the national curriculum for languages we aim to ensure that pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of spoken sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity and finding ways of communicating what they want to say through discussion and asking questions
  • can write a simple text using a variety of grammatical structures they have learnt
  • are able to describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing

International Languages Day 2016

On Monday 26th September we celebrated the languages our children speak or are exposed to at home. Classes were visited by parents speaking Italian, Russian, Dutch, Arabic (Lebanon) and Greek. For photos of the day please see the Gallery.