Mrs Woodward leads the teaching of French in school.
Our Intent for French
We are becoming an increasingly multicultural society, we have a duty to provide our children with an understanding of other cultures and languages. At St Luke’s RC we believe that the learning of a language provides a significant educational, social and cultural experience for our children. It helps them to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. In addition, children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for further language learning in future. We believe that learning another language gives 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 being “Lukies”; We are Loving learning another language, we understand that we are all Unique and all speak different languages, we are Kind about different cultures, we are Inclusive and would welcome anyone whose first language isn’t English, we are Empathetic learners and we Strive to do our best during French lessons.
Our Implementation for French
Children develop their love of language learning and develop skills throughout their time in school. From Reception upwards, children begin their language learning journey. A whole school celebration on Bastille Day, which all children participate in, celebrates language learning and our wider position in the world through role-play, research and music (and even a mini tour-de-France!).
In KS1, children are taught French during one half term through songs, actions and games as well as speaking and listening activities.
In KS2, children are taught French across three half terms through participating in songs, stories, actions, rhymes and games as well as written and oral activities. We believe it is important for children to practice writing, as well as speaking, in French as they progress through school. Our school follows the Twinkl scheme of work, which is adapted to meet the needs of our own children. The topics covered at KS2 have been chosen to ensure children develop a rich knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.
Our Impact for French
Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop their French vocabulary and a love of languages and learning about other cultures as well as key language learning skills, as set out by the national curriculum. The key skills as set out by the national curriculum 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
EYFS and Key Stage 1
Key Stage One learn French for one half term where we learn key vocabulary and songs. We learn basic greetings, numbers to 10, colours, body parts, food and drink, and animals. We aim for our children to develop an appreciation of songs and stories in French throughout their time at the school. We sometimes do the register in French in our classes too.
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2 have weekly French lessons for three half terms where we aim to develop a love of languages and an understanding of other cultures alongside language development.
In Year 3, children cover the topics ‘Getting to Know You’, ‘All About Me’, and ‘Family and Friends’. Children at this stage mostly respond orally and by writing words. In Year 4, children cover the topics ‘Time’, ‘All Around Town’ and ‘Holidays and Hobbies’. Children begin to write more at sentence level in Year 4. In Year 5, children cover the topics ‘School Life’, ‘That’s Tasty’ and ‘Where in the World’. Children begin to write and adapt their own sentences more at this level. In Year 6, children cover the topics ‘Let’s Go Shopping’, ‘Let’s Visit a French Town’ and ‘All in a Day’ as well as learning about basic grammar in French.
If you would like to practise your French at home, use the BBC Bitesize link here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjcbrj6