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.
- 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.
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, for example:
- 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
European day of languages
Each class chose a country in Europe to study. The children learned about a range of things such as the country’s main land features, key cities and towns, famous landmarks, food specialities, famous people and key events in the country’s history. The day was full of research and practical activities like artwork and food tasting – it was thoroughly enjoyed by all!
European Christmas decoration exchange
Over the Christmas period, the Year 2 pupils have been making some wonderful Christmas decorations to send to many different schools across all of Europe. These include: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland, Finland and Romania. In return, we have received many Christmas decorations back from those schools, which were amazing!