Welcome to our Languages Curriculum section!
In this section, you will find information about the Languages National Curriculum and lots of news about what we are doing at St.Catherine’s in this area.
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French at St. Catherine’s
Although not statutory until Year 3, at St. Catherine’s children begin French in Year 1 as we firmly believe that younger children pick up language very readily. French lessons continue for every class until the children leave us at the end of Year 6. Lessons in Year 1and 2 are practical and based around songs, rhymes, familiar stories and animations. In Year 3 the children start to occasionally write in French through for example labelling things, and as children continue to gain independence, confidence and skill in Key Stage 2, more written work is done. However in all year groups French lessons provide opportunities for active, learning and pupil participation through games and activities involving speaking, listening and having fun. Lessons last from 20 minutes in Year 1 to an hour in Year 6.
The lessons in Key Stage 2 follow the government guidelines for languages learning and at St. Catherine’s we use a number of different resources including Light Bulb Languages, Early Start and Francais Francais. As a school we subscribe to two excellent websites “Babelzone” and “Linguafun”.
Dominique Carruthers- Reeve