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       MFL – FRENCH           

Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures. At Laira Green we foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching of French should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

Aims

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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

Skills that pupils should be taught throughout Key Stage 2:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help*
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English

The progression of these skills will be akin to that of Literacy skills being taught. It is inevitable that as the children begin to learn the language in Year 3 they will focus on oracy and on developing accurate pronunciation. As they approach Year 4, there should be emphasis on reading and recognising phrases and words. Year 5 should allow children to begin to broaden vocabulary further, writing phrases from memory and by Year 6, children should be showing an understanding of basic grammar linked to masculine and feminine.  At Laira Green we use the Primary Light Bulb resources to deliver French lessons for half an hour each week.  The lessons are taught by individual class teachers.

Year 3

National Curriculum Expectations:

·         Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding

·         Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words

Year 4

National Curriculum Expectations:

·         Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help

·         Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language

·         Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing

Year 5

National Curriculum Expectations:

·         Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.

·         Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.

·         Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.

·         Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.

Year 6

National Curriculum Expectations:

·         Broaden vocabulary and develop an ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.

·         Write phrases from memory and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.

·         Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.

·         Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the congregation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.

 

Basic spoken language will be covered in Key Stage One for the following areas:

  • Numbers to 10
  • Body Parts
  • Animals
  • Family members
  • Greetings
  • School items
  • Directions
  • Colours
  • Weather
  • Basic classroom commands – stand up/sit down, look/listen, put your hand up etc.

 

Cross Curricular links can be made by individual class teachers, linked to subject specific topics. Where possible, teachers aim to use greetings, numbers and other basic forms of French on a daily basis for instance, answering the register.