Modern Foreign Languages at Thornton-in-Craven Community Primary School - French
At Thornton-in-Craven Community Primary school, we have taken the decision to teach French to key stage 2 as our modern foreign language. We took this decision as a number of our children go to France on holidays and it is the subject that our staff have the most knowledge of. A number of our staff have qualifications in French. We have been supported by the local authority who produced a scheme of work a number of years ago and this is used alongside many other high quality resources. We use lightbublb languages lessons as these have high quality resources and engaging activities.
Our intent in modern foreign languages is 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.
- children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for further language learning in future.
- learning another language will give children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others, which feeds into our focus on global learning.
We will implement our intent by:
In KS2, children are taught in weekly sessions with class teachers reinforcing their learning outside of lessons where possble. We aim for our children to develop an appreciation of songs and stories in French throughout their time at the school.
Our school follows the lightbulb languages scheme of work, which is adapted to meet the needs of our own children. Details of topics covered in each year group can be found in the scheme of work attachment below. 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.