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Modern Foreign Language - French

At Southbourne Junior School the main language studied is French, from Year 3 through to Year 6. We offer a French Exchange to our Year 5 and 6 pupils with a small primary school on the outskirts of Caen, where we have developed strong links with the staff and families.

We also offer an after school Spanish club run by an external provider.


Learning an additional language can open up opportunities for children in future employment and travel. In the multinational world we live and work in it is a fantastic opportunity to broaden children’s horizons. In teaching French we aim to encourage curiosity about languages and the wider world. Teaching French provides opportunities to help children to understand the wider world we live in and see how people from different countries live and communicate. We aim to strengthen their sense of identity through learning about culture in Francophone countries and comparing it with British culture.

 'In French I have learnt to say ice cream so when I go to France I will be able to order an ice cream, as well as ask their name.' Year 4 linguist