There is no statutory requirement to teach a modern foreign language at Key Stages 1 and 2. However, with our close links to France, all Jersey pupils in Years 5 & 6 are taught French in primary school. FCJ also provides a ‘small taster’ programme for pupils in Year 4. The language is first introduced through song and play. Later, the activities are extended to include more formal teaching with the emphasis on developing good oral and aural skills, e.g. asking and responding to questions.
Our aim is to develop in the children a love of the French language so that when visiting France they will feel reasonably confident to converse in the language. In addition, they will have a secure grounding in the language by the time they transfer to secondary school where learning a modern foreign language is statutory.
Each year the school organises a residential field trip to Normandy for all pupils in Year 6. During this visit the children experience French culture and have an opportunity to practise the language skills they have learnt.