Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum
At St. Mary’s R.C. Primary School it is our intent to provide children with the opportunity to develop a foreign language. We want to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they not only know more but remember more and understand more. We believe that children need to enjoy lessons, be engaged and challenged in order for them to understand, retain knowledge and progress. Our aim is that all children in KS2 will assess quality teaching of French and leave St Mary’s confident and motivated to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and beyond.
- Foster pupil’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world
- Pupils should express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers , both in speech and writing
- Provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language
- provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
At St Mary’s RC Primary School French is taught from Years 3-6 using the ‘Salut’ scheme of work to plan, teach and assess. It is our intent to deliver a fun and friendly way of learning a language, to deliver engaging French lessons to all KS2 pupils, therefore each lesson is designed to motivate children and are mainly practical in focus. Each lesson has clear, achievable objectives and incorporate different learning styles. SEN children have access to the curriculum through variation of tasks, grouping or adult support.
At St. Mary’s RC Primary School children have weekly lessons in Language throughout Key Stage 2. Each class has a timetabled lesson of at least thirty minutes per week. French can also be revisited in short sessions throughout the week to consolidate knowledge and ensure new language is retained.
French lessons provide a variety of sources to model the language, use games and songs to maximise enjoyment and make as many connections to real life situations as possible. Lessons focus on speaking and listening. However, when appropriate, children record written work informally in books which are now passed through the years and become a portfolio of their learning.
We endeavour to ensure that the Language curriculum we provide will give children an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3 and beyond
Key stage 1
Key stage 2
The teaching provides 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. The focus of study in modern languages will be on practical communication.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences
- 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