Celebrating Modern Foreign Languages in our School
Focusing on French
French - What our children are learning
Key Stage 1
Children in Year 1 and Year 2 are taught French basic vocabulary through songs, speaking and listening activities and whole class sessions which is planned in line with the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2 and our Rising Stars Scheme of work.
Key Stage 2
Children are taught French in small sessions up to twice a week. We are following the Rising Stars Scheme of work which has been created in line with the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum which states the children need to know how to do the following by the end of Key Stage 2:
- 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
- understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the 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.
Here are some useful websites to keep brushing up on your French:
Making Languages even better...
We would also like to link with the local secondary school and provide a languages club.
We have lots of different languages displayed around our school, this is to help us appreciate the many different languages of the world and to learn new words for familiar objects e.g. door, window, toilet.
We also have our mission statement and welcome display at the front entrance.