The Teaching of French at Greystones Primary School
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Greystones Primary School - History Curriculum Statement
At Greystones Primary School, we teach French as our chosen Modern Foreign Language. Our aim is to develop an enthusiastic and positive attitude to other languages and language learning across KS2. We believe that the study of languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world and helps to foster a curiosity and deeper understanding of other cultures and the world in general. As well as giving them the opportunity to learn a second language, the study of languages also helps to promote and develop a broader intercultural understanding. The study of a second language also supports children’s literacy and oracy in school, by raising awareness of aspects of their own language(s), thereby enriching their understanding of both. We believe that learning to understand, speak, read and write another language during Key Stage 2 will lay the foundations for future language study.
Our MFL curriculum covers the main skills highlighted in the National Curriculum and has been designed to progressively develop skills in French. Based on the Salut scheme of work, there are 4 main strands which are woven through individual lessons: speaking, listening, reading and writing/grammar. Throughout year 3 and 4, the focus is on spoken language, with repetition of simple words and phrases and taking part in simple conversations. In Years 5 and 6 the writing becomes more prominent, with children adapting familiar language structures to record and combine short, simple sentences. There is a huge emphasis on the learning of new vocabulary. In each lesson, children are exposed to approx. 8 new words or phrases, as well as some key questions which are revisited and consolidated across the unit. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, roleplay, songs and games. Literary skills are developed through reading short stories in the target language, as well as recording ideas by writing labels, captions and short, simple sentences.
MFL is planned in units consisting of six main lessons. There are 3 main units to be taught and delivered across each year by the teacher or PPA cover. Before new content is taught, previous learning and language content is revised, allowing for recall and repetition of vocabulary.
Vocabulary mats are used in each session and these include key vocabulary and questions, which the children will encounter throughout the unit. The French words/phrases are supported by pictures as well as the English translation. Children are encouraged to refer to these throughout lessons, to aid language development. Flashcards are always used when introducing children to new vocabulary to aid understanding. Songs and games, which are readily accessible through the scheme, are also used within units.
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 an appreciation for other cultures. By the time they leave Greystones, pupils will have acquired basic skills in the 4 key strands of language learning – speaking listening reading and writing and will have acquired a solid foundation upon which to pursue further language study. Pupils will be assessed on their ability to do each of the following aspects:
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