At Gillibrand we aim to foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world through the teaching of foreign languages. 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 should enable our children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We aim to provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes and learn about another country and its culture. Our language teaching is fun, practical and utilises laptops and iPads for speaking and listening activities. Language teaching can provide the foundation for learning further languages and in the future, equip our children to study and work in other countries.