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.

Our latest activities page will be updated frequently, so please visit regularly:

Languages National Curriculum Information

Languages Latest Activities

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 an excellent website “Babelzone”.

This Term In….
Year 1…. we are learning the story of the Three Little Pigs, vocabulary on the theme of famillies, our age, Numbers to 12, fruit, the days of the week and the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Year 2…..Parts of the body, the well known song of “Allouette, Gentille Allouette”
Food, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Numbers to 20.
Year 3…..Transport and how we travel to school, describing the weather, clothes
Y4…. revision of weather, healthy eating, ordering food in a cafe and the story of “Les Quatre Amis”
Y5…. The story of “The Gingerbread man” and reading a playscript and the solar system, numbers to 69
Y6… Numbers to 100, describing people’s appearance, homes

You can try some of these Websites at home with your children:

KS1 “Up To Ten” is available in French  is a fun website for children to use at
home. The children love Boowa and Kwala who are the main characters and
there are songs to learn and games to play on a wide range of themes.

Lower KS2  BBC Primary Languages

Upper KS2 BBC Bitesize KS2 French is useful
All ages Babelzone has some free items which are very appealing

Dominique Carruthers-Reeve

January 2019