Our main objective in the teaching of a modern foreign language is to promote the early development of linguistic competence. Our pupils begin learning French in Y3 and are taught by a specialist language teacher. We base our planning around our own adapted Scheme of Work, which draws upon the best aspects of the Catherine Cheater Scheme of Work, as well as the National KS2 Framework. Our Scheme of Work has been designed to meet the specific needs of our pupils. We aim to enthuse our pupils about being able to communicate in a different language and build their self confidence in communication. Language lessons consist of lots of interaction with visual, auditory and kinaesthetic prompts, making them accessible for children with different learning styles and abilities.
Within the language lessons, we aim to broaden our pupils’ knowledge about other countries and cultures. One of the ways this is done is by the undertaking of an in depth study of a French speaking country which makes links with geography and other curriculum areas.
Literacy links are in evidence to enable pupils to make connections between French and English. We encourage our pupils to compare the structure of their own language with French for example word order, capitalisation and gender of nouns. We also aim to make links between French learning and Literacy in our school for example connectives, pronouns, prepositions and so on. Developing skills in spoken language, reading and writing will in turn support attainment in literacy.
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