From Spring 2020 we started to teach French using the Rigolo materials. This programme was chosen to offer support to staff who are not specialists in teaching French and offers clear guidance and support tailored with engaging, high quality resources. The programme is progressive and has a clear focus upon pronunciation, songs to aid memorisation, the inclusion of cultural insights, links to literacy and oracy as well as a light-touch focus on grammar.
Language skills need to be taught in a clear sequence and because of this all the KS2 year groups will begin with the Year 3 lessons, it is expected that older year groups will progress through the teaching sequence more quickly than the Year 3 children however the teachers will use their professional judgement to decide how quickly to move on to ensure that there is a clear focus upon repetition to embed their learning.
Teachers will use opportunities throughout the week to reinforce what the children had learned e.g. use French when teaching art to reinforce the names of the colours, counting in Maths when using a number line, however they will not detract from the subject being taught.
The Rigolo scheme will be reviewed throughout 2020 so it meets the needs of the school and provides the structure required for this subject area.