The Fulham Bilingual English

The Fulham Bilingual

A partnership between Holy Cross Catholic Primary and L'école Primaire Marie d'Orliac

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English and French 

Two children reading

A high-quality education in English and French will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others.

At the Fulham Bilingual, we aim for a very high standard of language and literacy, by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

As a bilingual school, spoken language is developed in pupils’ learning across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing.

Children at The Fulham Bilingual benefit highly as they are permanently immersed equally in English and French.

It is essential that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read, write and speak fluently, and with confidence, in any subject (and in both languages) preparing them for their forthcoming secondary education and lives as bilingual young people. 


Each week Parent Reader Volunteers come into school and listen to our children read.

This extra practice means our children make good progress in Reading.

If you would like to be a Reading Volunteer please contact Ms Davidson.


The writing at the Bilingual centres around exciting genres and quality texts. The children get the opportunity to explore fiction, non fiction and poetry each term. We encourage the children to critique different genres of text and create writing checklists. These help the children to recreate a genre successfully and give them the ability to self assess their own writing. Each week, the children write an extended piece of writing and then edit and improve it using their next step comments. A pupil in CM1 said, "The checklist helps me know how I am successful and where I need to improve, I enjoy writing". Writing is enriched at the Bilingual through Drama. Miss Emily, our specialist Drama teacher, brings texts to life and works on whole school end of year productions.


Daily sessions happen in Foundation Stage up to Year 2 where the children learn the sounds and apply this when spelling unfamiliar words. There are many differences in the French and English language and these are openly discussed with the children who are taught various strategies to ensure they remember which sound is the correct one for each language. Our school follows the Letters and Sounds programme for Phonics. 

For guided reading, the school uses a variety of schemes including Collins Big Cats, Treetops and Oxford Reading Tree. 


As well as daily Guided Reading sessions, the children get the opportunity to practise their reading skills by reading with a Parent Reader. This volunteer scheme means every class gets the chance to make rapid progress with their reading by having regular practise. We currently have 21 volunteers. If you would like to commit, please contact Ms Davidson via email. Reading at home is monitored daily through Reading Records which are checked in class regularly- we love to hear how much you are enjoying your child's book too!
The Library

The children at the Bilingual visit the two libraries that are based in our school. A French library and an English library. children visit each library once a week, which is full of wonderful books, comics and magazines. The children can take out up to three books a week. 

Book Week

Book Week is a fantastic time to discover new authors and fall in love with reading! This year, we have the Scholastic Book Fair coming to school, visits from authors and a chance to dress up as our favourite book character. This year, the children will donate their favourite book to help set up the English library!