French Curriculum

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Overview:

Learning a Foreign Language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

 

French Subject Rationale

The learning of French provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all pupils. Pupils develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between French and English.

Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduces an international dimension to pupils’ learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others. The learning of French provides a medium for cross-curricular links and the reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.

Aims and purposes of French teaching and Learning:

 KS2 pupils will:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language
  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language
  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions
  • Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language
  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation
  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes
  • Broaden their vocabulary
  • Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  • Understand basic grammar

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

 

Although the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages is only statutory in the KS2 curriculum, we at Farnborough Primary School believe that preparing the children in KS1 will have a positive effect on their willingness to engage and become successful linguists.

We aim to do this by:

  • Encouraging the use of French greetings during the register (Bonjour/Salut madame/monsieur).
  • The learning of French nursery rhymes.
  • Playing the ‘Teaching Madame/Monsieur’game. (Children who learn a new word or know of another word in another language has the opportunity to ‘Teach the Teacher’).

 

The Curriculum

The curriculum for years 3-6 is resourced by the CGP schemes of work. The interactive programme and resources are used to create a structured lesson with a variety of learning styles.

The main emphasis is on listening and responding. Linking word to text with early reading practice is also important. A multi-sensory and kinaesthetic approach to teaching is used, with a physical element introduced wherever possible as an aid to understanding and retention. Lessons are enjoyable, non-threatening with success built in at every level, in order that the children develop a positive attitude to the learning of a foreign language. Confidence and self-esteem are built through positive reinforcement for any contribution they make, however tentative.

Equal Opportunities, Multicultural, Differentiation, SEN.

Children of all abilities, genders and background participate fully in MFL lessons. Children work together and we aim to have equal access for all.

Assessment

Teacher assessment: the children are assessed informally during the lessons, evaluating progress against the four national attainment targets of:

  1. Listening and Responding
  2. Speaking
  3. Reading and Responding
  4. Writing

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