Clipstone Brook Lower School

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Brooklands Drive, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 3PG

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Clipstone Brook Lower School



At Clipstone Brook Lower we envisage that learning a language will enhance pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the wider world. We aim to equip children with language learning skills and ignite a passion for languages which can build upon at a later stage of learning in Middle and Upper schools. When learning French, we aim for our pupils to be open minded, to develop an awareness of cultural differences and to celebrate diversity within society. In the classroom, we create an environment where there is an emphasis on mutual respect and where each child’s contribution and effort are encouraged, valued and celebrated. We provide opportunities to communicate orally and in the written form. Pupils are encouraged to perform, to play, to make links, to experiment, to have fun and to relish each new word, phrase and song.  Children should gain enjoyment, pride and a sense of achievement through learning another language.


Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge which organised around themes. There is an overview of units to be taught each year in Key Stage 2.

Children will build on previous knowledge gradually as their lessons continue to recycle, revise and consolidate previously learnt language whilst building on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Knowledge and awareness of required and appropriate grammar concepts will be taught throughout all units.

  •  Each unit and lesson will have clearly defined objectives and aims.
  •  Each lesson will include ample speaking and listening tasks within a lesson.
  • Lessons will incorporate challenge sections and differentiated desk-based activities
  • Reading and writing activities will be offered in all units.
  • Every unit will include a grammar concept which will increase in complexity as pupils
  • All children in Key Stage 2 will be taught French in a weekly discreet lesson delivered by the class teacher.
  • Teachers in Key Stage Two will also incorporate French into the daily routine through the register, date, classroom instructions and use of songs.
  • In Key Stage One, pupils will be introduced to other languages informally when studying other countries and as part of RE focused celebrations.
  • Children’s knowledge and understanding will be assessed by the class teacher during each lesson. This will allow the needs of individual children to be met through differentiation, support and challenge.
  • Summative assessment will be carried out at the end of each term to identify their learning outcomes within the subject.


Children will continuously build on previous knowledge as they progress in learning French. Previous language will be recycled, revised, recalled and consolidated as appropriate. Language and identity develop a deeper understanding of cultures and the world around them and a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences.