Here at St Bede’s, our intent is that French is accessible for everyone regardless of ability. We hope to equip our children with a firm grounding and love for the language which will set the foundations and the necessary skills to progress beyond our school and enable children to reach their full potential. It is our intent that our curriculum is inspiring and challenging in all skill areas. We also aim to provide enrichment opportunities that build a cultural awareness amongst our children, this will create a respect and openness to learn not only about the French culture but other cultures around the world. We want our children to not only have the language skills, but the enjoyment of the subject to ensure they persevere and build on their skills as they progress into high school.
French is delivered and adapted in accordance with the requirements of the latest Primary Languages Curriculum. Pupils at KS2 are taught using the 4 skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing through each of the chosen units. Each child is taught to:
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and videos 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
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases, and simple writing.
- appreciate stories and songs 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 and masculine 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.
The children’s work is documented in a class floor book. After each unit, the children are assessed and are graded in accordance with age related expectations.