Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries.
It is our intent at St Pauls for the children to: 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.
This is achieved through weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2, using the resources and units of work from Language Angels in addition to other resources.
Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding,
Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words,.
Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.
By the time the
children at St. Paul’s leave our school, they will:
· All pupils will have a love for French
· All pupils review their successes in achieving the lesson objectives at the end of every session and are actively encouraged to identify their own target areas, with these being identified, shared and verified by teachers as necessary.
· As children progress throughout the school, they develop a wider French vocabulary that they can use in their everyday conversations
At St Paul's, we enjoy learning how to speak another language throughout our curriculum as well as discreet lessons.
We start introducing French, in Nursery and reception in the form of songs and basic vocabulary and phrases. In key stage 1, they learn a new phrase or class routine in French each week. This is progressed to, weekly half hour discrete lessons every week in key stage 2, following different units from 'Language Angels' which is taught by the class teacher. French vocabulary, is then continued to be spoken by teachers and pupils throughout the week.
We are aiming for French to be spoken creatively and spontaneously by staff and children alike and we practise really hard to speak French without an English accent! Ask us and be amazed!
Any French specialists out there would be more than welcome to come and share their expertise with our children. Please just let us know.