French is introduced in Year 3 and studied weekly with a French specialist teacher until the children leave at the end of Year 6.
The aim is to foster enjoyment of foreign language learning from an early age and to promote awareness of the culture of France. Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. We aim to 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 hear stories, poems and rhymes in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning for further languages and, in the long term, equip pupils to study and work in other countries.
At St Adrian’s we endeavor to make lessons stimulating and enjoyable and build confidence through lots of praise. We aim to foster an interest in language learning by introducing children to the French language in an inclusive way that is accessible to all pupils.
We aim to develop children’s confidence in speaking in the target language by encouraging them to join in songs, rhymes stories and games, which enable them to practise the language in an enjoyable and non-threatening way.
We strive to help our pupils develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences. We seek to lay the foundations for future language study by our pupils whilst supporting linguistic understanding of their first language.
Curriculum Map and skills progression
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.
– 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 authentic writing in the language studied including rhymes, stories, poems and songs.
Speaking and listening
In developing oracy in the target language, children will learn to:
· Understand longer and more challenging texts on a range of topic areas.
· Engage in longer conversations, expressing opinions and giving reasons for them, as well as asking for clarification when necessary.
· Compose their own sentences in conversation, using knowledge of basic sentence structure.
· Use pronunciation and intonation effectively to accurately express meaning and engage an audience.
Reading and writing
Through reading and writing in the target language, children will learn to:
· Read aloud and understand a short text containing unfamiliar words, using accurate pronunciation through applying understanding of phonemes and spelling.
· Recite a song or poem using the written text for support.
· Read a range of texts independently, using different strategies to make meaning.
· Use vocabulary learnt from reading in different writing contexts and use dictionaries to find a wide range of words.
· Write a range of phrases and sentences from memory and adapt them to write their own sentences on a similar topic.
· Select appropriate adjectives to describe a range of things, people and places; appropriate verbs to describe actions and begin to use adverbs to enhance description.
In developing an understanding of the structure of the target language, children will learn to:
· Conjugate a range of high frequency verbs.
· Make changes to an adjective in accordance with the gender or number of the noun.
· Understand how to use some adverbs in sentences.
· Adapt sentences to form negatives and form questions.
· Have an awareness of similarities and differences in grammar between different languages.
Intercultural understanding and social development
Children will learn to identify similarities and differences in everyday life, social conventions, traditional stories and celebrations with their own, whilst understanding and respecting cultural diversity.
The five fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith are interwoven into the teaching of Primary Languages, in particular how it relates to the intercultural understanding elements of French and Francophone culture and its similarities and differences to life in Britain.
Recommended resources for practising French at home
For mobiles and tablets: Mindsnacks French – fun interactive French games on a downloadable app.