At Neville’s Cross we offer French as our modern foreign language curriculum. Children begin formal learning in KS2 in line with the National Curriculum expectations but are often introduced to some basic French words in KS1. Through our teaching of French, it is our intention to develop our children’s knowledge and skills when reading, writing, speaking and listening in a foreign language. We understand how language learning can prepare children for future employment and broaden their horizons in the future.
Our French curriculum is designed with our key curriculum drivers in mind:
Creativity – We aim to provide a high-quality languages curriculum which will nurture curiosity and deepen our children’s understanding of French life and culture. Teaching will inspire children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, while also understanding and responding to the French language, both in speech and in writing
Well-being – We aim to develop in our children a strong sense of resilience and a ‘can do’ attitude. Learning French will provide them with the tools to excel in MFL learning during their secondary years.
Our Communities – We aim to develop links within our school and local community as well as developing a respect for other languages, cultures, people and places through our curriculum work. Children have opportunities to question and consider and identify similarities and differences between languages, cultures, people and places.
French in Key Stage 2
Throughout KS2, our children have regular French lessons. To support teaching and learning in French, we use a program called ‘Language Angels’. This is an interactive program which engages our children, allows them to hear the correct pronunciation of French words and phrases and use these words across a range of games and activities. There is a strong focus on developing a knowledge and understanding of French phonics and grammar as well as developing a wide French vocabulary. Children are presented with regular opportunities to listen to spoken French, speak in French, read French words and produce writing in French.
For a copy of our Long Term Plan for French and a summary of the key knowledge and skills we aim for children to acquire over time please follow the links below.
Example LKS2 French Medium Term plans
Example UKS2 French Medium Term plans
Throughout KS2 children will have the opportunity to make links with learning in other subject areas.
Additional opportunities are provided in French, such as celebrating European day of Languages, involvement in workshop afternoons led by visitors and through first hand experiences e.g. sampling French food.
Through high quality teaching and learning in French, our children will become confident when speaking and listening, reading and writing. They will develop the knowledge and skills to converse in another language.