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Modern Foreign Languages – French

INTENT

At Southwold, we aim to develop the confidence and competence of each child in the foreign language they are learning. Our goal is for them to be passionate, curious and confident about their own foreign language learning abilities when they finish the primary school phase of their education. All children will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer children the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.

Key characteristics we want to promote with our children:

    • 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
    • develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating.
    • an appreciation of the diversity and richness of their cultures.
    • deeper understanding of the world around them.
    • strengthen their sense of identity, comparing other cultures with their own

Implementation

 Using the Modern Foreign Language Angles scheme, children in KS2 will be taught the 5 key language skills necessary for learning French:

    • Speaking
    • Listening
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Grammar

 All KS2 classes will have access to a quality foreign languages curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources. This will progressively develop children’s skills in foreign languages through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons in KS2. French is taught in a whole-class setting by the class teacher or language specialist and is therefore not reliant on one key member of staff. Teachers plan their lessons using the Language Angels scheme of work, which are designed to motivate, captivate and interest children from the first moment. They have clear, achievable objectives and incorporate different learning styles. Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, phonetic and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes – building blocks of language into more complex, fluent and authentic language.

The planning of different levels of challenge and which units to teach at each stage of the academic year will be reviewed based upon children’s prior learning and completed units. Lessons offering appropriate levels of challenge and stretch will be taught at all times to ensure children learn effectively, continuously building their knowledge of and enthusiasm for the language they are learning.

Each class in Key Stage 2 (3-6) has a timetabled lesson of at least thirty minutes per week.  French lessons include for example: interactive whiteboard materials, interactive games, songs & raps.

Early Language units are entry level units and are most appropriate for Year 3 children or children with little or no previous foreign language learning. Intermediate units increase the level of challenge by increasing the amount and complexity (including foreign language grammar concepts) of the foreign language presented to children. Intermediate units are suitable for Year 4-5 children or children with embedded basic knowledge of the foreign language. Progressive and Creative Curriculum units are the most challenging units and are suitable for Year 6 children or children with a good understanding of the basics of the language they are learning. Grouping units into these Teaching Type categories ensures that the language taught is appropriate to the level of the class and introduced when the children are ready.

Each unit block is 6 lessons; however, they may take longer than one lesson to complete. With the above selection children should have approximately 33 weeks covered.

Enrichment

The remaining weeks will be used to revisit prior learning where appropriate and enrichment activities such as:

    • Drumming with numbers
    • African French speakers/where else is French spoken
    • French Café
    • French reading books
    • Comprehension videos online

IMPACT

At Southwold we pride ourselves in providing a language rich culture. Children of all abilities will develop solid foundations in key language learning skills – properly preparing them for the next stage of their language learning journey. These skills will develop children’s ability to understand what they hear and read and enable them to express themselves in speech and writing. They will extend their knowledge of how language works and explore the similarities and differences between French and English. They will also help strengthen their sense of identity through learning about culture in other countries and comparing it with their own.

Collaborative projects are not confined to the classroom enrichment activities are integral to our curriculum and have a clear impact in engaging children and broadening children’s horizons. Children can take their experiences of the world and transform them through art, making new connections and relationships through their inventive minds.  Children are encouraged through French, to be expressive and inquisitive about their own culture, others and the wider world and to develop a passion for this subject beyond life at Southwold.

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