Modern Foreign Languages
At Gillibrand we aim to foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world through the teaching of French. Through the teaching of French, pupils understand and appreciate France's culture, people and communities-and as they do so, begin to think of themselves as citizens of the world as well as of the United Kingdom. The teaching of French can provide the foundation for learning further languages and in the future, equip our children to aspire to study and work in other countries.
We teach French as this is the language first taught in most of the local secondary schools and gives our children a confident start in Year 7. The teaching enables our children to introduce themselves, talk about their likes and dislikes, to ask for things and to speak and communicate in a range of different situations. With a strong emphasis on speaking and listening we aim to provide stimulating opportunities for pupils to communicate with a real purpose. Our language teaching is fun, practical and utilises laptops and iPads for speaking and listening activities. French themes are explored though cross-curricular links to History and Geography and we now have links to a French-language school in the Reunion Islands which enables pupils to write for a purpose in French.