French 2020 - 2021

A different language is a different vision of life – Frederico Fellini
 

Boundary Primary School offers a broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum designed to inspire and excite our pupils. All children in KS2 are taught French during a weekly lesson. Our aim is that children develop a positive curiosity about foreign languages and find learning enjoyable and stimulating.

Using a wide variety of topics and themes, the four key language learning skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are taught and necessary grammar is covered in an age-appropriate way. Pupils continuously build on their previous knowledge as they progress in their foreign language learning journey. Previous language is revised, recalled and consolidated whenever possible and appropriate. Lessons are structured to ensure all pupils learn effectively and we approach learning in a variety of ways. Modelled vocabulary, songs, games, matching, reading, listening and writing activities are all designed to engage our children.

We believe that learning a second language also offers pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them.

We aim to ensure that pupils of all abilities develop solid foundations in key language learning skills, properly preparing them for the next stage of their language learning.

French curriculum at a glance

Intent

  • To offer a broad, vibrant and relevant curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes.

  • Pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages.

  • Learning a foreign language will help pupils to develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and have a better awareness of cultural differences.

  • To ensure that the foreign language skills and understanding of our children develops progressively within each academic year and is in line with national curriculum requirements.

  • To develop the four key skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), together with necessary grammar in an age appropriate way.

  • To progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics.

  • Language teaching at Boundary will lay the foundations for future language study by our pupils.

Implementation

  • All children in KS2 have access to a high quality foreign language curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources.

  • Our MFL teaching is inclusive. All children in KS2 are taught French. It forms part of the school’s broad and balanced curriculum.

  • Children are taught in weekly lessons by their class teacher. 

  • Our children learn through modeled vocabulary, songs, games, matching activities, reading, listening and writing activities.

  • Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes. Units increase in level of challenge, and linguistic and grammatical complexity as pupils move through KS2.

  • Half termly units are progressive within themselves, as subsequent lessons within a unit build on the language and knowledge taught in previous lessons. As pupils progress though the lessons in a unit they will build their knowledge and develop the complexity of the language they use.

  • Teaching is in line with national curriculum expectations.

  • In addition to formal lessons in KS2, children in EYFS and KS1 are exposed to the patterns and sounds of the French language during play and through songs, daily routines and classroom instructions.

Impact

  • Our French curriculum will ensure that all pupils demonstrate the key language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

  • Children will have a love of languages. They will be able to discuss their learning and have an awareness of the similarities and differences between French and English.

  • Children will have an understanding of French culture.

  • Children will develop a curiosity of other cultures and other languages.

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