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French

"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." - Frank Smith

Subject Leader: Victoria Robinson

Link Governor: Nick Hudson

At Christ Church, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is delivered throughout KS2 by a MFL specialist, ensuring a constantly evolving, high-quality languages education which aims to ‘foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.’ (DfE Sept 2013). 

The programme is designed by the language specialist and draws on a range of resources. The language studied is French and pupils are taught for an hour each week.

Aims

Throughout KS2, pupils will:

  • be encouraged to foster a positive, enthusiastic attitude to learning foreign languages
  • develop listening skills
  • develop understanding of and the ability to respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources
  • increase confidence in spoken language, through discussion and questions and continually improve accuracy of pronunciation and intonation
  • develop ability to write using the grammatical structures learnt (N.B the emphasis on written work is minimal in LKS2)
  • recognise the importance of language learning in a global community
  • develop a positive attitude towards people who speak languages different from their own

The emphasis is always on fun and, as the programme progresses, drawing on skills previously learnt. Successful language students are those who use their knowledge of language and apply it in a range of contexts; they are prepared to ‘have a go’ and not fear making mistakes, thus increasing resilience. There are a variety of games and songs to consolidate language learning. As confidence grows, the pupils enjoy inter-class challenges and are sometimes seen around the school initiating simple conversations in the target language. E-cards are sent home to inform parents/carers of excellent work and effort each week. 

What Children Learn

We ensure that French lessons are accessible to all children through a multi-sensory approach. Every child will have the opportunity to speak some French in every lesson; they will also hear native or fluent speakers throughout KS2. Pupils learn through repetition and songs both indoors and outdoors, taking the opportunity to use different environments in which to practise their newly acquired language. The curriculum is topic based with aspects of grammar being introduced at appropriate stages. Writing and reading activities are differentiated in order that all learners feel supported and challenged in equal measure. Pupils are given the opportunity to generate genuine conversations with each other in the target language, either in mixed-ability or matched-ability groups and, where possible, the support of an adult in the class.

Year 3

Autumn Children learn about France, finding out about its geography, political system, currency etc. In addition, the children learn: 

  • Je me présente
  • Greetings – bonjour, salut, bonsoir, au revoir
  • Ca va (?) – bien/comme-ci comme-ça/mal
  • Comment tu t’appelles? – Je m’appelle…
  • Où habites-tu? – J’habite…
  • L’alphabet and ‘comment ça s’écrit?’
  • Les numéros 1-12
  • Quel âge as-tu?

Spring Children learn about colours and animals and can talk about both. The children also learn:

  • Des couleurs et les formes - colour and shapes
  • Les animaux
  • As-tu un animal? – understanding and talking about pets
  • Introduce concept of gender of nouns
  • Simple classroom instructions

Summer Children are able to describe their classroom (“Des objets dans la salle de classe”) and their home (“Chez moi”). We introduce ‘dans’ and ‘il y a’ in order to build simple sentences and children learn about the different gender of nouns.

Year 4

Autumn Children find out about other Francophone countries. When discussing those countries’ flags, children revise their knowledge of the language of colour. We understand and are able to name an extended range of classroom objects (“Des objets dans la salle de classe”). As we approach Christmas (“Noel”) children learn some Christmas vocabulary and use it when singing and performing a French Christmas carol. Children also revise “Je me présente” and L’alphabet, the numbers 1-20 and the use of ‘dans’ and ‘il y a’.   

Spring Children learn and use vocabulary to describe the calendar, including the numbers 1-31, the months of the year (Les mois de l'année) and the days of the week. Children learn to ask and respond to “When is your birthday?” (Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire?) and tell people how old they are (Quel âge as-tu?). Children make cards for Mothering Sunday (La fête des mères).    

Summer Children use French to describe their school day: school subjects, school routine and school location (building and playground). Children learn how to describe different parts of their body (Le corps) and revise vocabulary for pets and our homes. We introduce adjectives to extend our vocabulary and learn how adjectives agree with the gender of the noun.   

Year 5

Autumn Children find out about the geography of France and its position in Europe. They learn how to ask questions and answer questions to find out about other people (Je me présente). Children learn a greater range of classroom instructions and are able to ask ‘classroom questions’. Children revise L’alphabet with greater emphasis on children using the alphabet to spell French nouns. As we approach Christmas (“Noel”) children learn some more Christmas vocabulary and use it when singing and performing a French Christmas carol. Children also learn the numbers 1-51.  

Spring Children learn how to introduce members of their family, developing their knowledge and use of adjectives to describe them, revising concepts of gender of noun and adjectival agreement as we do so. We learn parts of ‘Etre’ and the concept of conjugation of verbs. Children learn and use the vocabulary to talk about food and drink and what they like or don’t like. 

Summer Children learn how to order food and drink, creating their own menus and role playing a cafe scene. Children research local food found in Francophone countries other than France. Children make cards for Fathers’ Day (La fête des père). Children perform a simple French play.  

Year 6

Autumn We start the year learning how to describe places in and around town (En Ville/A la campagne), as well as how to give directions. Children develop their knowledge of France, especially northern France and research a non-European, Francophone country making reference to their customs and traditions. In addition, the children continue to learn to ask and answer more questions to find out about somebody else (Je me présente). Children learn the numbers 1-999 and parts of ‘avoir’ and revise the concept of conjugation of verbs. We learn how to talk about an extended range of family members in greater depth.

Spring We revise days and months of the year and introduce o'clock and half past (Quelle heure est-il?). Children think more about food, including the time at which they eat meals. We introduce ‘je mange’ for sentence building. We learn about a range of weather and seasons (Quel temps fait-il?).

Summer In their last term at Christ Church, children learn how to talk about a range of leisure/sporting activities (Les loisirs/passetemps). We revise days of the week, time and weather and how to say what we like and dislike. Children learn how to talk about clothing (Les vêtements) and revise their vocabulary for colour.