At Barley Fields Primary School children are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of the basics of an additional language – French. This prepares children to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are carried out in languages other than English.
In addition, understanding a modern foreign language increases children’s understanding of their own language, and the building blocks that form this. The process of learning a foreign language reinforces fluency and understanding of grammar, syntax, sentence structure and verbal precision. Increased capability in the use of languages can also promote initiative and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.
We teach a curriculum that enables our children to become effective users of language, and show an understanding and respect of different cultures in our local, national and global communities.
Through the teaching of French, we aim to:
- Ensure every child has the opportunity to study French, developing their interest in the culture of other nations, communities and beliefs.
- Ensure pupils have access to high-quality teaching and learning opportunities.
- Ensure pupils have exposure to simple vocabulary including day-to-day French language exchanges and key words such as days, months, numbers and classroom instructions.
- Provide language informed by the National Curriculum and the skills expressed in this: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Cultural Understanding.
Our French Curriculum follows a sequence of teaching block that progressively build upon one another. In KS1, children participate in Dinocrocs Emergent Language programme that links early French language with everyday activities, familiar characters, rhymes and songs.
From Year 3 onwards French teaching focuses on the acquisition of basic words, phrases and grammar and children experience speaking in another language linked to a variety of familiar topics.
Teachers and children use French in daily routines, for example, through answering the register and displaying French vocabulary within the classroom.
Our MFL curriculum is fun and enjoyed by learners, well-resourced and planned to demonstrate progression through Key Stage 1 and 2. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through:
- Pupil discussions about their learning;
- Monitoring and reflection against subject-specific skills defined in each year of study;
- Children applying their knowledge of language to other areas of the curriculum;
- Children applying their cultural understanding and tolerance across society and cultures.