The Why:

Carrington’s Vision for the Whole-School Curriculum

Our unique children deserve an inclusive, holistic curriculum that shapes them as confident, inquisitive and proud individuals. At Carrington, children know that they matter, they are important and that they bring something to this world that no-one else can.

Through purposeful, broad and rich experiences, we aim for every child to leave us with an empowered voice and a life-long passion for learning, equipped with the skills to go on and be compassionate and active citizens both locally and beyond.

We believe in an ambitious, knowledge-rich curriculum because children are empowered by knowing things. The specifics of what children learn matter and subject traditions are respected, providing the vital inspiration, challenge and confidence to determine their own future.

Carrington’s Vision for French

French will free our pupils from their immediate surroundings in Carrington, opening their minds to the cultures of France and other Francophone countries. We aim to give children the linguistic skills and confidence to express their own ideas and opinions in French: the tools to one day consider life, study or work in another country.

From our school in Carrington, we will explore some exciting characteristics of life in countries across the continents where French is spoken, fostering pupils’ curiosity in lives beyond their own and deepening their understanding of how cultures can vary across the world. As a child’s level of fluency and spontaneity improves, they will feel truly empowered by their linguistic skills as a whole new world of possibilities opens for them.

Pupils will have access to a range of authentic resources in lessons, including traditional stories, recipes, songs and poems. They will be supported with carefully sequenced teaching of grammatical structures and a regular focus on French phonics. They will be supported to both write with confidence and ask or answer a variety of questions with good pronunciation. At Carrington, pupils will receive a strong foundation for further language learning when they leave our school community.

The What:

The How:


Here are examples of what our children do in French lessons:

Year 3 explore Christmas vocabulary and learn colours and numbers


Year 4 draft, improve and perform a weather forecast for different parts of France

Year 5 describe planets

Year 6 describe where they live