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Modern Foreign Languages

So how does our Curriculum Vision become a reality? Find out about the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages at our school here.

French offers a carefully planned sequence of lessons, ensuring progressive coverage of the skills required by the national curriculum. The chosen themes - Time Travelling, Let's Visit a French Town and This Is France - provide an introduction to the culture of French-speaking countries and communities. It aims to foster children’s curiosity and help deepen their understanding of the world. A linear curriculum has been chosen to allow opportunity for children to gradually build on their skills. French enables children to express their ideas and thoughts in French and provides opportunities to interact and communicate with others both in speech and in writing. At the heart of French is the desire to expose children to authentic French, so the scheme offers regular opportunities to listen to native speakers. In Lower KS2, children acquire basic skills and understanding of French with a strong emphasis placed on developing their Speaking and Listening skills. These will be embedded and further developed in Upper KS2, alongside Reading and Writing, gradually progressing onto more complex language concepts and greater learner autonomy. Through the French scheme, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of languages and to expand their horizons to other countries, cultures and people. We aim to help children grow into curious, confident and reflective language learners and to provide them with a foundation that will equip them for further language studies

Lessons are sequenced so that prior learning is considered and opportunities for revision of language and grammar are built in. The lessons and resources help children to build on prior knowledge alongside the introduction of new skills. A series of lessons are suggested, providing structure and context as well as offering an insight into the culture of French-speaking countries and communities. The introduction and revision of key vocabulary and grammatical structures is built into each lesson. This vocabulary is then included in display materials which could be used and additional resources so that children have opportunities to repeat and revise their learning. All of the lessons have accompanying audio materials.

Using the full range of resources, including display materials, will increase the profile of languages across school. The learning environment will be consistent with key French vocabulary displayed, spoken and used by all learners. We want to ensure that French is loved by teachers and pupils across school, therefore encouraging them to embark on further language studies.  Impact can also be measured through key questioning skills built into lessons, If children are keeping up with the curriculum then they are deemed as making good or better progress. Children will review their learning through mini quizzes and have an opportunity at the end of the unit to show they have retained taught knowledge.