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.

French Day

On 26th September 2018 we celebrated the European Day of Languages by having our own ‘French Day’.

Each class chose a region of France to study and learnt about a range of things such as: land features, key cities and towns in the region, famous landmarks, features, specialities of the region such as food and wine, famous people, events which take place and many other things of interest in that region. The day allowed us freedom to get involved with food making and tasting , artwork,  research and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

 

 

 

 

 

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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