The teaching of French is based along the lines of the national curriculum.
1. a) To maintain and stimulate lasting pupil curiosity, interest and equipment in the chosen Modern French Language. To create an atmosphere where pupils wish to learn, so that they come to enjoy the chosen Modern Foreign Language, because they are active participants in it and where staff enjoy teaching, so that they give of their very best.
b) To enable each pupil to achieve his/her potential in a variety of situations, using all available resources appropriately, to ensure the highest level of achievement for each pupil.
c) To develop the ability to use the chosen Modern Foreign Language effectively for purposes of practical communication.
2. a) To enable pupils to be familiar with a body of knowledge, principles, skills and vocabulary in the chosen Modern Foreign Language.
b) By exposing pupils to a wide range of material (both literary and media) we aim to enable pupils to see the chosen Modern Foreign Language as:
* a major cultural feature,
* part of a wider body of knowledge and skills e.g. analysis, memorising, drawing inferences and scanning texts for information.
3. a) To enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as politeness, perseverance, initiative, confidence and independence.
b) To encourage positive attitudes to learning a foreign language and to speakers of another language and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations.
c) To enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities, so at the chosen Modern Foreign Language contributes to the development of core skills such as IT, reading, writing and speaking.
4. a) To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability, etc.) to have equal access to the chosen Modern Foreign Language and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
b) To value each individual and so encourage each pupil to feel the value and worth of others. In doing so, to encourage empathy, so that each pupil approaches issues of race, gender and ability with tolerance and insight.