Subject Leader: Mrs Drake
Purpose of study
Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils 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 pupils to study and work in other countries.
Pupils should understand and communicate facts, ideas, and feelings in speech and writing.
Pupils should focus on familiar routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.
Pupils should take part in simple oral exchanges, while discussing what they have read.
We aim to ensure that pupils of all abilities develop solid foundations in these key language learning skills - properly preparing them for the next stage of their language learning journey. These skills will develop children’s ability to understand what they hear and read and enable them to express themselves in speech and writing. We will extend their knowledge of how language works and explore the similarities and differences between the foreign language they are learning and English. We will also help strengthen their sense of identity through learning about culture in other countries and comparing it with their own.
Pupils should be taught to:
- To listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
- To explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
- To engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.
- To speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
- To develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
- To present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
- To read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
- To appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
- To broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.
- To write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.
- To describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.
Long Term Curriculum Map
Below is a copy of our long-term curriculum map for French. This will let you know what the children are learning across school.