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Here at Pool, we believe that French is an essential skill that enables us to live in a diverse world, and helps us form 'Nationhood' by breaking down barriers through communication. Through our cornerstone Christian values, we aim to: offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes.

We aim to: develop compassionate pupils by allowing them the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity of themselves and others.

We aim to: enable pupils to persevere by using and applying their learning in a variety of contexts.


We aim to: develop reflective linguists, who can look up and research language they are unsure of and use a bank of reference materials to help them with their spoken and written tasks going forward. This bank of reference materials helps pupils recall and build on previous knowledge throughout their primary school language learning journey.

We aim to: develop children’s understanding of the world and how we can respect others, by developing a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences.

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We use the Language Angels resource which aims to equip all pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum that deepens knowledge but also provides the cultural experiences they need to flourish throughout primary phase and beyond. Children in Y6 receive French teaching from visiting languages staff from our main feeder high school, Prince Henry's in Otley. The Language Angels curriculum drivers with foreign language learning are:


We will support pupils in becoming increasingly articulate young individuals who are able to express their own ideas confidently in both the first and second language. Language Angels promotes spoken activities and provides plentiful activities in all lesson to encourage communication which needs to be actively taught and practised. The oracy developed in the foreign language will increase confidence, improve academic outcomes and encourage both independent and group work.


Wherever possible Language Angels will celebrate religion, ethnicity and ability. The characters the children will see have been designed to represent diversity and promote equal opportunities and inclusivity at all times. As a result, all pupils feel valued, respected and included in their foreign language lessons. 


Creativity is at the heart of Language Angels and pupils need opportunities to practise creativity. Music and art are only part of how we encourage pupils to be creative in foreign language lessons. Our creative approach will encourage pupils to think creatively to solve problems and will encourage them to enjoy finding different pathways to the same end goal. They are encouraged to find alternative and creative solutions to allow them to write and say what they would like in the foreign language.


Wherever possible Language Angels will encourage all pupils from an early age to be confident independent learners, becoming more organised, deeper thinkers, and using their initiative to solve problems and move forward in their language learning. Children learn to persevere and understand that it can, at times, take longer for some to find answers, but knowing we will get to the answer in the end are important life skills.
Pool-in-Wharfedale CE Primary School Arthington Lane, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Otley, LS21 1LG