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Lydney Church of England Community School (VC)

Lydney Church of England Community School (VC)

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Luke 10:25-37

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How is French taught at Lydney C of E?

How is French taught at Lydney C of E School?


French is taught in a whole-class setting by the class teacher. Teachers plan their lessons using the Language Angels scheme of work and can supplement this with their own ideas and experience and those of their colleagues.


The lessons are designed to motivate, captivate and interest children from the first moment. They have clear, achievable objectives and incorporate different learning styles.

Each class has a timetabled lesson of at least thirty minutes per week.

French can also be revisited in short sessions throughout the week to consolidate knowledge and ensure new language is retained.


 French lessons include:


  • PowerPoints and interactive whiteboard materials
  • Interactive games (which pupils can access from home to consolidate their learning)
  • Songs & raps
  • Differentiated desk-based consolidation activities
  • Worksheets (at three different levels of challenge) are provided throughout each teaching unit and can be used in class or can be sent home to be completed as a homework exercise


Each lesson will focus on a combination of the 5 key language learning skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar).  

Each unit includes knowledge organisers for pupils to refer to throughout the lessons to support their learning. Flash cards and class display materials are also provided by the Language Angels scheme.


Inclusion, Quality First Teaching, Support and Assessment:


A ‘can do’ attitude is adopted by both staff and students in French sessions and the belief is that everyone can achieve and succeed in French, especially singing.  Children are encouraged to persevere and learn from mistakes.


Our French curriculum at Lydney C of E School is designed to be a positive and inclusive experience for every student within our community. All children are given opportunities to explore the French language through variation of task, grouping or support from an adult.

Through the Language Angels scheme, differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Staff also have access to CPD and supporting videos to enable them to confidently support a range of learners when teaching French.


Formative assessment is a key part of French lessons at Lydney C of E School and teachers observe, listen to and question their students to check understanding and to move learning forward.


Extra-Curricular Provision

 When children reach Year 6, they have the opportunity to visit France for their residential trip. This is an opportunity to put all the language they have learned throughout KS2 into practice. It is also an opportunity to experience other cultures first hand.