At Bardsey Primary we value greatly the learning of a modern foreign language. Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable children 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 children to study and work in other countries.
EYFS/Key Stage 1
By the end of Key Stage 1 pupils will:
· Be aware that people in different countries speak different languages and that people in France speak French.
· They will have knowledge of some basic French vocabulary such as some numbers to ten and basic greetings.
Key Stage 2 National Curriculum
By the end of Key Stage 2 pupils will 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;
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.
Our Languages curriculum intends to:
provide a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils
enable the children to be able to articulate how diverse the world is and have a respect for other cultures
strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language
help our children to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with an aim of making substantial progress in one language
develop children’s knowledge of how language works to lay the foundations for further language learning in future
gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others
The Modern Foreign Language taught at Bardsey Primary is French. It is taught by the class teacher or teacher covering PPA time in termly blocks from the Twinkl Scheme of Work across Key Stage 2, for a timetabled 30 minutes per week. Lessons are sequenced and progressive, in which children are given the confidence to develop their communication skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. Key Stage 1 are introduced to foreign language learning through exploring other languages informally when studying another country. They may also be taught responses when for example, replying to the register on a daily basis or learn songs or rhymes in different languages.
Children are taught key vocabulary in termly blocks of work around topics. These blocks of vocabulary form the core learning for each block of work which then gives the children the ability to develop useful phrases and put together sentences.
The French curriculum has a focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. These skills are developed as the children progress through the school. A range of learning opportunities are given to enhance this language skill development such as conversational work, role play, songs and games. Other ways in which children foster a love of French is through active participation in lessons through sentence building activities, dictionary work and writing for a purpose such as a letter to Santa.
Teachers follow the sequence of lessons from the Twinkl scheme of work which is adapted to suit our pupils covering a wide variety of topics and themes. Weekly lessons are taught (30 minutes) ensuring progression by building on previous lessons. At the start of each lesson, teachers recap on prior learning and previous language will be revised, recalled and consolidated whenever possible and appropriate. Lessons are differentiated providing the appropriate level of support and challenge.
Performance is a key part of pupils’ French learning. The opportunities that we plan for this includes singing songs, drama / role play activities and performing rhymes.
Resources can be used to enhance role play which gives language learning a firm context. Such resources help to make the learning relevant to children and make it ‘real life’, for example acting out a French café scene.
Staff meeting time is used to reinforce and give support to those members of staff teaching French who may not be a language specialist.
Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the National Curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures. These are as follows:
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
from learning a foreign language at Bardsey it is hoped that children will foster a love of language and a desire to further learning beyond the classroom and in their future.
French is monitored by the Languages subject leader throughout KS2 using a variety of strategies such as book scrutinies, lesson observations, staff discussions and pupil interviews