At our school, French is taught from Year 3 to Year 6 on a weekly basis. In line with the National Curriculum, we cover speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as cultural understanding, progressing over the Key Stage. Each lesson will involve learning key skills and vocabulary on various topics, which can take different forms, such as games, repetition, listening or role plays – the more interactive, the better!
The 2014 National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages aims to ensure that all children:
• Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
• Are able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and that they are 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.
The learning of a Modern Foreign Language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. It enables them to develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning.
They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how languages work and explore differences and similarities between the foreign language and English (and any other home language they may be familiar with).
Learning another language raises awareness of our multilingual and multicultural world and introduces an international dimension to pupils’ learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others. It helps to promote tolerance, understanding and empathy to their peers in this country and abroad and to embed the values of equality and diversity.
At High Wycombe C of E school we have chosen French as our MFL.
Each year group in KS2 has a weekly French session of approximately 45 minutes. A variety of techniques are used to encourage the children to have an active engagement with French.
Games, role plays, mime, action songs and work sheets or puzzles are all used to ensure maximum enjoyment and participation.
The main emphasis is on listening and responding. Linking word to text with early reading practice is also important. Simple writing skills are developed during KS2.
Lessons aim to be enjoyable and non-threatening with success built in at every level, so that the children develop a positive attitude to the learning of a foreign language. Confidence and good self-esteem are built up through positive reinforcement for any contribution they make.
Through teaching French in Year 3 – 6, we aim to ensure that all pupils: