French Curriculum Statement
At Heytesbury School, our intent for French, is to develop and inspire a love of language learning whereby the children become enthusiastic about beginning to communicate in French whilst developing resilience and perseverance within a culture of ‘have a go’, especially when speaking. We believe that through their learning in French, children develop an appreciation of different cultures. We aim for all pupils to express ideas in French, both verbally and in writing whilst their understanding of the structure of the language supports the learning of grammar in English.
The following domains are taught:
- speaking and Listening
- reading and writing
- cultural awareness
We aim to ensure that children in years 4 – 6:
- 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 French.
By the end of KS2, pupils should be able to:
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
- speak in 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*
- 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 dictionary
- 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
We follow the National Curriculum 2014. French is formally taught in Badgers class (Y4-6)
The learning of French is implemented in a carefully planned sequence of lessons and opportunities, through a rolling three year programme which ensures progressive coverage of the skills. Lessons are sequenced to build on and revise prior learning, alongside the introduction of new skills. The introduction and revision of key vocabulary and grammatical structures is built into each lesson. Explicit links are made to SPaG taught within English.
Badgers have a French lesson once a week, but use of conversational language is used and practised incidentally, for example, during registration or ‘brain breaks’. A linear curriculum has been chosen to allow opportunity for children to gradually build on their skills. Children are encouraged to express their ideas and thoughts in French. There are regular opportunities to listen to native speakers using websites.
Story making units (one per year) embed structure and manipulation of language and allow appropriate learning of grammar and acquisition of reading skills in a ‘real context’. Yearly cultural topics – provide an introduction to the culture of French-speaking countries and communities, and aim to foster children’s curiosity and help deepen their understanding of the world. Other units focus on core language, for example, ‘All about Me’ and allow the transfer/linking of vocabulary and grammar between topics.
Progress is measured through key questioning and observations built into lessons (formative assessments) and child-led assessment such as success criteria grids.
Recording children's work
Much of the work is verbal but written tasks are recorded in our Humanities/MFL books
- be able to communicate with each other in French;
- become aware that a language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another;
- will develop their language through development of the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing;
- will enrich their language learning by developing an understanding of the French culture;
- will be well prepared to continue and develop their language skills.