French

OUR AIMS FOR FRENCH 

As an International School, learning about other cultures and languages is very important to us. Our International Days always involve a languages experience, allowing students to use basic greetings and some key expressions.

In our specially designed, creative curriculum all of KS2 students study French for an hour per week. MFL earning is led by a Language specialist, who promotes the use of everyday language, both through normal classroom routines as well as the topic vocabulary.

A variety of songs and stories are used to make lessons engaging and support curriculum ties to Topic, Music and Literacy. Singing is also proven to be effective in promoting the acquisition of language within context.

Pupils are assessed at the end of each term in brief tests in Listening and Speaking, as well as basic Reading and Writing to provide information on overall progress and confidence.

 

THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM 

Teaching may be of any modern or ancient foreign language and should focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The teaching should provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It should enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. The focus of study in modern languages will be on practical communication. 

Key Skills:

Listening & Comprehension

Our pupils are taught to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding appropriately
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words

Speaking

Our pupils are taught to:

  • engage in levels of conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help speak in simple sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation, so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences

Reading & Comprehension

Our pupils are taught to:

  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a simple French dictionary

Writing

Our pupils are taught to:

  • write phrases from memory and adapt these to create new sentences, expressing ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and then in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including feminine, masculine and plural forms, conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.

The study of foreign languages has many benefits for children, from providing a reinforcement of their mother tongue through grammar and expression, to sparking an interest in other countries and cultures around the world.

 

ANNUAL PLAN  

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