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Bishop Pursglove C of E Primary School

Reach Higher, Think Deeper, Love Wider



Learning a foreign language liberates children and enables them to see the world from a different perspective. A high-quality language education fosters pupil's curiosity and their understanding of the world, giving them opportunities to express themselves, their ideas and thoughts in different ways (both in speech and in writing).


Our teaching enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It also provide opportunities for children to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language.


Language teaching at Bishop Pursglove also helps children progress in spoken and written French that lays the foundation for further language learning in KS3.


It is our intent to foster creativity and cultural understanding in our young people to enable them to grow into global, empathetic citizens for the future who can enjoy confidently communicating. 


Our Languages Curriculum:

  • Embeds the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills necessary to enable children to use and apply their language learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning.
  • Motivates children to practise, apply and build upon previous learning through a wide range of practical and engaging learning opportunities.
  • Provides pupils with opportunities to acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics.
  • Gives pupils a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.


By providing a stimulating and progressive Languages curriculum, that encourages children to think and express themselves creatively, we are preparing all our pupils to be global citizens both now and in their future roles within the global community.


The National Curriculum for Languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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 Bishop Pursglove, we aim to develop SMCS through languages by:



French supports spiritual development by exploring new language and vocabulary. Children are encouraged to express themselves in the target language.



French supports moral development by encouraging children to look, discuss and evaluate a range of social and moral issues found in other cultures.



French supports the cultural development of a child by exposing them to a foreign language and culture. It helps to promote internationalism and their role within the world.



French supports social development by encouraging a collaborative approach to learning. Children regularly converse in the target language. 


British Values

At Bishop Pursglove, we aim to promote British values through language learning. British values, including those of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are embedded in the language curriculum.


Collaborative work in language lessons develops mutual respect for the differing opinions, beliefs and abilities of others. In addition, children learn to appreciate the value of similarities and differences and learn to show tolerance. A variety of experiences teaches them to appreciate that all people, and their views, are equally important.


Our languages curriculum provides a basis for teaching and learning about other cultures, and this is incorporated into many areas of the curriculum including personal and social education and citizenship, geography, religious education, design and technology, music, art and dance. We ensure that learning across the curriculum includes a ‘flavour’ of the countries where the focus language is spoken.


The five fundamental British values are interwoven into the languages curriculum, in particular how they relate to culture of the countries in which French are spoken and the similarities and differences to life in Britain.


Useful links and websites


Our progressive French curriculum

Mr French

Teachers use the comprehensive videos and audio resources from Mr French to help our children listen, speak, read and write French in Years 3 - 6.