International School Award
We feel it is important that we give our pupils a wide and varied experience of the world. We do this in many ways at St Richards, including exploring the French language and other cultures from around the world.
At St Richards we teach French to all pupils; from Nursery to Year 6. Children learn core vocabulary as well as the culture and traditions of France. The lessons focus heavily around speaking and listening with plenty of practise of the French language. Children participate in interactive activities such as games, songs, videos and role play, and in KS2 an emphasis on written French is added.
We work in partnership with our link school in France Sainte Marie Pie x School to plan and deliver an exciting curriculum across the school. We also celebrate all things French in a special themed week once a year.
What are we going to learn?
Nursery and Reception children - Learn French through songs and basic games.
Key Stage 1- Build on simple vocabulary taught in the EYFS such as answering the register or greeting each other in French at the beginning of each morning.
Key Stage 2 –Timetabled French lesson each week to develop language skills further.
In addition to offering French lessons to all classes children in year 6 have the opportunity to apply to become a language captain. These children are given the opportunity to apply their French skills across a range of contexts.
French link school
Pupils also have a chance to work with classes in other countries through Skype, email, audio recordings, letters and photographs.
We were awarded the British Council's International Award Foundation and Intermediate level for the quality and breadth of international learning at our school and the way we embed languages into our everyday learning.
We have also been recommended for an Accreditation award which will recognise the work we have done to develop international links with schools abroad.