Modern Foreign Language
Introduction to French
Nous aimons le français!
At East Dene Primary School, we are keen to promote the study of a foreign language because of its increasing importance in the modern world. In our French lessons, we follow the Salut! Scheme of learning for KS2 and ensure the use of repetition and recall to embed learning using correct pronunciation from the scheme. Once the children have developed new French knowledge, their learning is consolidated through different activities such as games, drawing, oral sentences, writing, music and interactive songs.
Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. Our aim is to offer a broad and vibrant foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and motivate our children. In addition, to develop an interest and curiosity about foreign languages, offering the opportunity to explore relationships with language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them.
In French pupils will learn to:
- read fluently
- write imaginatively
- speak confidently
- understand the culture of the countries in which the language is spoken
We aim to ensure that 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.
French is taught in discreet half hour blocks in year groups. Much language learning can be taught informally and incidentally through using the language for real purposes e.g. taking the register, classroom commands, maths mental warm-up, celebrating achievements and birthdays. With the addition of this informal teaching time, the recommended one hour per week for the Key Stage 2 MFL framework is met. French is delivered in Key Stage 2 by the class teachers.
At East Dene Primary children are given lots of opportunities to learn a new language from a country (France) they may not have visited before. Children are provided with opportunities within their curricular diet to explore the culture, food and festivals celebrated in France. Children celebrate a French themed day to taste typically French foods, take part in French songs, games and listen to native music.
We encourage a further love of this subject through participating in competitions such as The Routes into Language Christmas Card competition as well as our own in-house competitions.
How parents can help
You don’t have to be able to speak French to support your child with their learning at home. Simply talking to your child about what they have been learning in their language lessons and asking them to teach you some key words or phrases is a fantastic way of helping children recall previous learning. Perhaps they have a younger sibling or other family members that they might want to teach some key words to as well?
Hunt for bilingual books at the library
Many libraries have a bilingual book section where children might find simple stories in French. They can have a go at reading the French parts whilst you provide the translation in English.
Keep your eyes open when out and about in town or the supermarket.
Challenge your children to find French products on the supermarket shelves and see if they can read the packaging or work out exactly where the item is from. Do they recognise any ingredient names in French? Perhaps they could make their own list of things to buy in French. When you are walking around town, children might also try and spot words in English that have been borrowed from French (café, restaurant etc.)
Encourage older children to create a resource for younger pupils in the school to use.
This could take the form of a ‘Knowledge Organiser’ (which presents all the vocabulary for a particular unit of work), a game or a poster with key words on it.
YouTube – Blabber Beasts https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPC00WKsUIw-ED9nNfjTHSw
YouTube – French with Mr Innes https://www.youtube.com/c/FrenchwithMrInnes/videos
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z39d7ty
French games linked to topics: https://www.french-games.net/
Facts about France and French culture https://www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/france-facts.html