Modern Foreign Languages
Why we teach French?
The intention of the French curriculum at Holy Family and St Michael’s is that children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating and lay the foundations for future language learning. We hope to embed the essential skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. We believe that learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own culture and those of others, which feeds into our focus on cultural capital.
How we teach French?
Our MFL curriculum has been designed to progressively develop skills in French. We are currently using the ‘La Jolie Ronde’ Scheme of work to deliver our French lessons. This ensures children acquire a bank of vocabulary and the teaching of grammar organized around topics. The scheme ensures development is progressive as children build on previous knowledge from units already studied.
All children in KS2 are taught French in a weekly discreet lesson. This is delivered by the class teacher or another qualified teacher during PPA.
KS1 children are introduced to MFL through exploring other languages informally when studying another country.
We are also focusing on French outside the classroom. Songs will be learnt in French during morning clubs and signs around the school will also be displayed to make language learning more meaningful and give it a purpose.
What will be the outcomes?
- Children will leave Year 6 speaking French with increasing confidence and fluency.
- Children will be able to write for different purposes and audiences in French.
- Most children will reach age related expectations at the end of the year.
Year 3 worked hard to produce a French calendar
The whole school took part in a French Day. We spoke lots of French, learnt about the culture and enjoyed a French dinner.