Modern Foreign Languages – French
Foreign Languages are now a statutory requirement for all children within Key Stage 2. At Broad Oak, all children within the juniors will now learn French. Children will have opportunities to learn about both the language and culture of France and they will have regular opportunities to read, write, listen and speak in French throughout lessons. We aim to make language learning as fun as possible through the use of songs and games and we realise that the ability to speak a foreign language is a vital skill that children can take with them into high school and, later, into the world of employment.
Have a look at the topic letters for the Key Stage 2 classes to see what we are learning about in French this term.
The Curriculum at Broad Oak Primary School
The intent, implementation and impact of our MFL Curriculum
At Broad Oak, we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with an aim of making substantial progress in one language - French. In addition, children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for further language learning at high school and beyond. We believe that learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
Children develop their love of language learning and develop skills throughout their time in school.
In KS2, children are taught in weekly sessions by Mrs Benton (Subject Leader), with class teachers reinforcing their learning outside of lessons. We aim for our children to develop an appreciation of songs and stories in French throughout their time at the school.
At Broad Oak we have developed our own Curriculum, based upon the aims of the National Curriculum, which is adapted to meet the needs of our own children. Details of topics covered in each year group can be found on the French curriculum area of our school website. Since primary languages became statutory in the primary curriculum in 2014, children at Broad Oak have been advancing through this scheme of work. As we acknowledge children’s different learning styles, our children learn through active participation in actions, rhymes, stories, song, grammar focus, video clips, sentence structure, dictionary work, book making and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.
Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures. These are as follows:
- 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.