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Learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience in preparation for future life.
French is ranked as the second most influential language in the world and is the second most frequently used language on the internet. It has influenced English heavily and it is estimated that English speakers who have never studied French already know many French words.
At Suttons, French is taught in a fun and enjoyable way from the moment children arrive in Reception. Our French teacher, Madame Dowler, grew up in Belgium and has taught French in primary schools for many years.
Nursery & Reception children have a 15 minute lesson every week, where they are introduced to French language and culture through nursery rhymes and key words.
Infant Classes (Yr1 & Yr2) undertake a 30 minute lesson each week. They follow a simple scheme of work written especially for them, focusing on speaking and listening skills. They learn songs, rhymes and key words and interact in bilingual stories.
Junior Classes (Yr3, Yr4, Yr5, & Yr6) undertake a 1 hour of French every week. They follow the Catherine Cheater Scheme of work, which develops their skills and understanding in four areas:
We like to use local resources to support learning for all pupils. We have links with Sanders School MFL Department and with the Europa Centre Havering - (even the local patisserie!).