MFL - French
At Broad Oak, it is our intention to teach French in alignment with our core values.
We endeavour to have a positive attitude towards all learning opportunities in French and grow confidence in our pupils when exploring other countries, cultures and languages. We encourage children to recognise their place in our multilingual, diverse and global society, our school and local community in order to respect and celebrate difference.
We strive to be responsible for the actions that we take at all times and accept the validity of different languages, cultures and ideas.
We aspire to give each pupil a chance to believe in themselves and be able to feel secure and supported when attempting to communicate in a different language.
We work hard to overcome obstacles and accept that mistakes are an important part of learning. We encourage perseverance and children to take pride in their achievements. The children will interpret meaning in French using their problem solving skills.
We demonstrate an enthusiastic approach to all of our learning in French, promoting the fact that it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language.
We work together to ensure that friendship is at the heart of all we do, fostering a caring and supportive environment in order for us to achieve a secure sense of belonging through all of our relationships. The children will work collaboratively in pairs and groups when communicating in French.
We encourage all of our pupils to try hard to increase their knowledge and understanding of the French language even when encountering difficulties. They are encouraged to take risks with their learning and develop resilience. Our aim is to set the foundations for our children to become life- long language learners with a curiosity that deepens their understanding of the world.
At Broad Oak all KS2 pupils learn French following the carefully structured Language Angels scheme of work which builds year upon year on knowledge already learned. It ensures progression from year to year and class to class.
The children have the opportunity to learn basic words and phrases, building to more complex work using a variety of different teaching techniques and media. These include direct teaching, songs, action rhymes, stories and dance.
The emphasis is on speaking: listening, reading, writing and grammar, which is taught in an age appropriate way across Key Stage 2 and the children have the opportunity to apply their skills to a variety of texts/contexts and real purposes. In addition, the children are taught how to look up and research language they are unsure of and they will have a wide range of resources to support them with their spoken and written tasks. Where topics lend themselves to this, the children will be taught Makaton to support their learning of the vocabulary.
We aim to develop children’s enthusiasm and confidence to learn and communicate in a foreign language and make links between their own and other languages in developing their understanding of the world.
French is taught throughout Key Stage 2 weekly following the Language Angels scheme of work.
Pupils will be taught:
Grammar and vocabulary and be able to:
- identify and use tenses or other structures which convey the present, past, and future as appropriate to the language being studied;
- use and manipulate a variety of key grammatical structures and patterns, including voices and moods, as appropriate;
- develop and use a wide-ranging and deepening vocabulary that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, allowing them to give and justify opinions and take part in discussion about wider issues.
Linguistic competence and be able to:
- listen to a variety of forms of spoken language to obtain information and respond appropriately;
- transcribe words and short sentences that they hear with increasing accuracy;
- initiate and develop conversations, coping with unfamiliar language and unexpected responses, making use of important social conventions such as formal modes of address;
- express and develop ideas clearly and with increasing accuracy, both orally and in writing;
- speak coherently and confidently, with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation
- read and show comprehension of original and adapted materials from a range of different sources, understanding the purpose, important ideas and details, and provide an accurate English translation of short, suitable material;
- read literary texts in the language (such as stories, songs, poems and letters), to stimulate ideas, develop creative expression and expand understanding of the language and culture;
- write prose using an increasingly wide range of grammar and vocabulary, write creatively to express their own ideas and opinions, and translate short written text accurately into the foreign language
Pupils will have had experience of a broad and appropriate balance of spoken and written language which will lay the foundations for further language teaching at Key Stage 3. This will be embedded across Key Stage 2, so pupils 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.
- develop an interest, curiosity and deeper understanding of the French language and culture and making comparisons with English and their home languages;
- understand and respond to spoken and written French from a variety of authentic sources, for example, songs, rhymes, stories and video clips;
- speak in French with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, expressing ideas and thoughts and 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 in French at varying lengths, for different purposes and audiences, including for practical purposes using a variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt;
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the French language;
- have the foundations to become life-long language learners.