Children at all the stages P1 –P7 are taught French by trained members of the teaching staff, often supported by French language assistants or teaching staff from St Luke’s. In the early stages, French is introduced using La Jolie Ronde programme with an emphasis on listening and speaking only, to avoid any confusion with English Language learning. Pupils also enjoy singing games. From P3, pupils begin to be introduced to reading and writing. Vocabulary and simple sentences are taught. In P6 and P7, pupils continue to develop oral, reading, listening and writing skills using a structured approach.
In primaries 5, 6 and 7 pupils will also learn Italian. This is part of the Scottish Government’s policy, Language learning in Scotland: A 1 + 2 Approach. This opportunity to develop skills in a second additional language should help pupils to play their full part as global citizens.