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In a diverse, multi-cultural society it is more important than ever that people are able to understand other languages and cultures. At Birch Hill our chosen language is French.

Through learning a language children receive the opportunity to develop respect an appreciation for other languages and cultures, helping them in a world where this is becoming crucial to both personal development and in a global society.

National Curriculum Aims

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all children:

  • 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.


At Birch Hill we use the Catherine Cheater Scheme of Work which provides a structured approach to ensure children build on their skills as they progress through Key Stage 2. The curriculum we provide stimulates and encourages children’s curiosity about language through engaging strategies such as stories, poems, songs and rhymes. In addition, the children also learn about the culture of France with the aim that they will develop a thirst of knowledge for other languages and cultures in future schooling

The teaching of French also contributes to the teaching of English as it develops phonological and grammatical skills which can be linked to the English language – much of the English language derives from French and we encourage the children to look for these links as we do in other subjects.