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At Wanstead Church School, our French curriculum is designed to inspire children to learn a language in our increasingly global and connected world so that they can shine their light in the world.


We develop Wisdom, Compassion and Strength in our French curriculum:


Wisdom: Our French curriculum fulfils, and goes deeper than, the requirements of the National Curriculum, fostering children’ curiosity and deepening their understanding of the world. Our curriculum enables children to understand and respond to speakers, both in speech and in writing. Opportunities are provided for children to communicate for practical purposes as many of our children travel widely. Other languages are available for the children to learn, including Mandarin and Spanish.


Compassion: Our French curriculum celebrates differences and allows children to connect with those who speak a different language. Children practise new skills and celebrate talents not necessarily observed in the wider curriculum. They learn new ways of thinking and grow an appreciation for other cultures, maintaining an open heart and mind.


Strength: Our French curriculum builds the basis of life-long learning in developing language skills. It develops resilience in a welcoming environment where children are able to make mistakes, try again and practise new languages together. In today’s world, speaking more than one language allows for wider work opportunities and our children are able to begin this journey and become confident, fluent leaders of the future.



To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in French, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout Key Stage 2. French is taught through discrete lessons using the Redbridge approved Rigolo Language Scheme.


The French curriculum at Wanstead Church School is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught. When teaching French, teachers consider the children’s interests and real-life experiences to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced and build upon the scheme provided using games, individual tasks and oracy practice. A variety of teaching approaches are used including repetition, whole class chanting, discussion-based learning, worksheet-based tasks and sessions using technology.


In French, skills in speaking, reading and writing another language are developed through a multi-sensory approach such as rhymes, songs, stories and repetition. In Upper Key Stage 2, children begin to develop their understanding of French grammar in both their writing and speaking skills.


French lessons are taught once a week, with each half term covering one unit. Sometimes, the teacher may group lessons together to deepen the experience for the children e.g. setting up a French cafe for the afternoon. The focus of the lessons is for the children to become confident in their oracy of the subject, although learning is sometimes recorded in the children’s books.



We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:


  • Observing children speaking and listening in another language, through learning walks
  • Interviewing the children about their learning (child voice)
  • Observation of French lessons.