The learning of another language/other languages provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all children.  The focus of learning at Northlands is on practical communication. Children are encouraged to develop communication and literacy skills which lay foundations for future language learning and help them further their understanding of their own language.  Children develop linguistic competence extending their knowledge about how language works and compare and contrast other languages with English.  Study of a new language facilitates comparisons with their own language and culture and develops in them a wider awareness of themselves as part of a global community.



As a School we follow the scheme Rigolo 1 and 2 – which is an interactive software, used to support class teachers with the appropriate vocabulary and subject knowledge.   The software includes a ‘virtual teacher’ function which allows pupils to experience French spoken by a native speaker.  The package is also matched to the National Curriculum Requirements and French Languages Ladder.


Key features of our French Mastery Curriculum:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language
  • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity
  • Develop confidence, continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • Begin to write in French for different purposes and audiences
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied
  • Enjoy learning a language and be enthusiastic and curious
  • Make links and look for patterns between and within languages
  • Reflect on their own language as a consequence of learning another
  • Begin to apply their literacy skills in their own language to the new language
  • Develop strategies which help them learn and understand languages, laying the foundation for lifelong language learning
  • Develop an awareness of and empathy towards other cultures, appreciating similarities and differences between them


Lessons are structured so that pupils engage with the language practically by speaking and listening to one another and to native French speakers through the medium of the Rigolo interactive Scheme of Work.  Pupils will:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions
  • express opinions and respond to those of others
  • seek clarification and help
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation
  • present ideas and information orally
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing