Languages - French
It is our intent that our children will be aware and welcoming of different languages and cultures. They will become increasingly confident and fluent in speaking, listening, reading and writing in French.
Essential Characteristics in the Subject
•The confidence to speak with good intonation and pronunciation
•The ability to read with fluency
To develop fluency and imagination in writing
•To gain a strong awareness of the culture of France
•A passion for languages and a commitment to the subject
•The ability to use languages creatively and spontaneously
• To develop an independence in their studies and the ability to draw upon a wide range of resources.
Key Features (French)
- Speaking and listening
- Reading and writing
- Intercultural understanding
- Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.
- A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching 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.
In EYFS and Key Stage One, children learn about different countries and cultures.
They take part in subject related experience days such as learning about Chinese New Year. During these focus days, children will learn some phrases from the language of the country they are learning about as well as tasting food and learning about the traditions of that country.
At registration time and home time, teachers encourage children to greet them or say good-bye in a range of languages such as French, German and Spanish.
Languages and the National Curriculum: Key Stage Two
In KS2 pupils should be taught to:
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.
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.