French Curriculum Statement
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”
The intention of the French curriculum at St. Peter’s Primary Academy is that children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We encourage children’s confidence, we strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language. In planning with actively plan links to develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries, through our protected characteristics, British values and curriculum enrichment opportunities. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children skills in languages, through regular taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. All children in KS2 receive regular French lessons from a specialist teacher.
(September 2020 update – due to restriction on movement, the French Specialist from our local secondary is unable to lead French at the school; we are looking at alternatives to ensure the children are exposed to high level French)
Curriculum Design (Implementation):
Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences. Practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall, and children are exposed to French Children’s books, both originals and stories they will have heard before (e.g. the Hungry Caterpillar).
In the classroom, children are encouraged to use French outside of the French lesson. For example, the teacher may consolidate learning by completing the dinner order in French.To scaffold and support learning, children are equipped with visual prompts to support children in translating new vocabulary.This may also include word mats and/or pupil led knowledge organisers. These are available for children to have out on desks to support their learning and recap previous learning. (Please also see out more details progression document for details on how we implement MFL at St. Peter’s.)
Knowledge Acquisition (Impact):
French at St. Peter’s is taught in as practical a sense as possible. Consequently, impact is measured against the progression document through lesson observations and pupil interviews.