Teacher: Madame Reardon
Subject Lead: Ms Dreifuss
French is taught in key stages one and two. All sessions focus on learning to speak the language through games, songs and actions. As well as learning the language the children also develop their knowledge and understanding of the country and its culture. We believe it is best starting to learn a new language as early as possible and we aim to make the lessons fun and interactive! Children enjoy playing with the language and pick it up very quickly. Their sensitive ears help them pick up on and duplicate tricky sounds that adults, and even adolescents often stumble over. Children can gain a great sense of accomplishment from learning to say something in a foreign language – it’s like learning to crack a code!
International studies have shown repeatedly that foreign language learning increases critical thinking skills, creativity, and flexibility of mind in young children. Pupils who learn a foreign language do better on both verbal and maths tests than those that don’t. Learning a foreign language actually increases the density of ‘grey matter’ in the brain and the number of synapses, that interconnect parts of the brain! Language learning is more than just learning to speak and write in a different language. Learning about festivals and traditions from countries where the language is spoken helps children appreciate other cultures so that they can take a place in our global society.
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
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Key Stage 2: Foreign Language
Teaching may be of any modern or ancient foreign language and should focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The teaching should provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It should enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.
Pupils should be taught to:
- 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
French School Link
At Banks Road we have made links with a school in France. Our year five children wrote in French and English; they are extremely excited to receive some letters back so they can begin their correspondence. We hope to learn so much about this school and the French culture.
Below are some photographs from our linked school in France. They have read our letters and beginning to respond... how exciting!
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French Day 2018
The photos above are from our annual French day! In June we had a carousel of French themed activities across school where we learnt about French culture, art, food, games and much more. Our wonderful cook fed us with the finest French cuisine that tasted delicious and we enjoyed a French breakfast outside too! We had great fun dressing in the French colours and practising our French phrases. Enjoy browsing our photos! We are extremely excited for next French day in 2019! Profiter des photos!!