Foreign Languages ~ French

Learning a foreign language can broaden horizons and provide an opening to other cultures. We want to foster children’s’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.  Through language learning, we encourage children to explore and respect different beliefs and cultures and enjoy learning about the world around us.

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that by the end of Key Stage 2, all children:

  • 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.

 

Language learning at our school

At Greenfields, French is taught in all year groups from Year 1 to Year 6. Our focus is on practical communication.  We follow the North Tyneside scheme of work, which has a balance of spoken and written language, to ensure a progressive and balanced curriculum throughout school. When learning French, we use a range of social skills and participate and cooperate with our peers through speaking, listening, reading and writing.

 

 

This year has been a very exciting year for languages at Greenfields. We were successful in our application for a language assistant – a rare and exciting opportunity!  Manon Clement, a native French speaker, has been with us for most of this academic year assisting our teachers in delivering meaningful French lessons. Manon has been a huge confidence boost to both our children and the teachers, encouraging correct pronunciation of French words and engaging the children in learning about French culture and traditions. Children have really engaged with the ‘British Values’ of respect and tolerance and equality, understanding and celebrating diversity around the world. Children are given the opportunity to ask Manon questions about the French language and culture and have thoroughly enjoyed having her with us.

 

Each year group covers two units of work per year following the North Tyneside scheme:

Year 1 – Unit 1: ‘Je parle français!’ & Unit 2: ‘Je me présente’

Year 2 – Unit 3: ‘Moi et Ma Famille’ & Unit 4: ‘Les Animaux’

Year 3 – Unit 5: ‘Mon Anniversaire’ & Unit 6: ‘Le Monde’

Year 4 – Unit 7: ‘Mon école et moi’ & Unit 8: ‘Qu’est-ce que tu veux?’

Year 5 – Unit 9: ‘Les Sports’ & Unit 10: ‘Les Vêtements’

Year 6 – Unit 11: ‘J’habite’ & Unit 12: ‘Un pays francophone’

 

Alongside these units we integrate languages into the everyday curriculum e.g.

  • Signs around school are written in both English and French, so that children are introduced to new vocabulary which is meaningful
  • Classroom commands are often given in French
  • Registers are often taken in different languages
  • PE warm ups are sometimes given using French vocabulary e.g. repeat/jump

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