All pupils in Key Stage 2 are taught French once a week by a specialist French teacher. The time allocated to language learning increases as pupils progress through the school, from 30 minutes in Year 3 to 60 minutes in Year 6.
Aims and objectives of Foreign Languages (French) at Key Stage 2:
• To develop pupils’ communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning.
• To develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between the target language and English.
• To enhance pupils’ awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduce an international dimension to pupils’ learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and that of others.
• To provide a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.
• Foster an interest in learning languages.
• Introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun
• Stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language.
• Encourage children to be aware that language has structure and that the structure differs from one language to another.
• Help pupils develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries.
• Develop their speaking and listening skills.
• Lay the foundations for future study.
St. Peter’s believes in a communicative approach in which all pupils can actively engage in meaningful tasks.
Pupils are taught how to:
• Ask and answer questions.
• Use correct pronunciation and grammar.
• Learn vocabulary.
• Interpret meaning.
• Understand basic grammar.
• Use dictionaries.
• Work in pairs and groups and communicate in French.
• Look at life in another culture and develop inter-cultural understanding.
Tasks and activities will:
• Have clear, achievable objectives relevant to pupils and their interests.
• Be carefully planned and structured.
• Use authentic French materials.
• Be practical, active and varied.
• Involve the use of ICT where appropriate.
• Include whole class, small group and pair work.
• Promote success and boost self-esteem.
Teaching and learning styles
KS2 French is within a planned scheme of work devised and trailed by a local authority AST for Modern Languages, with objectives linked to the KS2 Framework for Languages document. These objectives were re-visited upon the launch of the new 2014 Programme of Study and due to the nature and detail of the Framework, its relevance remains undisputed, and therefore, it remains central to this curriculum. Pronunciation of key phonemes (and basic grammar (gender/ articles/ adjectival agreement), are delivered in a meaningful context and pupils build from word level to sentence level. A variety of techniques are used to encourage pupils to have an active engagement with French; patterns and sounds of language are delivered through songs and rhymes which allow pupils to link the spelling, sound and meaning of words. Games are used for consolidation and all vocabulary is presented within a sentence context, so that pupils will be familiar with applying and using vocabulary as their learning progresses.
A multi-sensory and kinaesthetic approach to teaching is used, i.e. a physical element is introduced into some of the games, rhymes and songs as this serves to reinforce memory. Lessons are enjoyable so that pupils develop a positive attitude to the learning of Foreign Languages. Children’s confidence is built through praise for any contribution they make, however tentative.