Curriculum statement for the teaching and learning of Modern Foreign Languages 2021
At Church Walk C.E. Primary School, we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop their ability to communicate, including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
Church Walk C.E Primary provides age-appropriate Primary Language learning opportunities for all children in Years 3 – 6. The language taught in our school is French. It is delivered on a weekly basis.
Through the teaching of Foreign Languages, we aim to:
- foster an interest in language learning by introducing children to other languages in a way that is enjoyable and accessible to all pupils;
- stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and creativity in experimenting with it;
- support oracy and literacy, and in particular develop speaking and listening skills;
- help children develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences;
- lay the foundations for future language study by pupils;
Vocabulary and Knowledge
Pupils will learn and use appropriate French vocabulary and use this in conversation and games. They will be able to copy and then form sentences themselves, based upon their growing vocabulary
We use various schemes to deliver the content including Twinkle and BBC resources. The foreign languages curriculum covers numbers, colours and classroom objects, ourselves, families, animals, birthdays, food and shopping and the world. There is provision within the scheme for extending any pupils that are gifted and talented. The main focus, is on developing the pupils speaking and listening skills. The rest of the learning encompasses reading and writing skills.
In French, learning is very interactive and is delivered through songs, games, role play and listening tasks
Lessons are mostly planned to be active with evidence written where appropriate; most assessment is formative based upon teacher judgement.
In year 3 and 4 , children learn how to introduce themselves and ask simple questions; they include Je m’appelle, Comment appelles tu?, Comment ca va?
They extend this to find out about family and friends
Children learn to use a French / English dictionary and can read simple French rhymes and texts .
- Knowledge of where France is located.
- Develop an understanding of how the global community is linked through other countries.
- Develop an understanding of countries and cultures and develop a tolerance for those who are different to themselves and celebrate these differences.
Pupils work is written in exercise books and is shared with parents during parents evenings. Children also have a chance to share their work in class displays. Year 5 and 6 host a session for Year 3 and 4 when they share their French knowledge.
We use French songs and rhymes, French dictionaries, postcards and holiday brochures. Children also eat French food and use the internet to research aspects of French life.
By the end of the key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the Modern foreign Languages programme of study.
Children can hold simple conversations and use knowledge of grammar to speak correctly.
They can write a paragraph in French and read a short story or factual text, using the context to work out unfamiliar words.
Talking to pupils throughout the year groups show pupils really enjoy acquiring another language.
EVIDENCE IN KNOWLEDGE
Pupils understand where their knowledge fits into the world and how they can use the skills learnt during French lessons and apply this to all areas of life – for example different languages, countries and cultures.
EVIDENCE IN SKILLS
Pupils are able to apply their language skills to ask and answer questions about particular topics in French.
BREADTH and DEPTH
Pupils have developed their ideas to and beyond the expected standard for the end of unit expectations. Pupils are confident in explaining their thoughts and feelings about their work and are reflective about their working process. Some children are able to use their skills and knowledge and make links across other topics and other curriculum areas, such as time in Maths, cooking in Technology and grammatical terms in SPAG.
‘Teach children how they should live and they will remember it all of their lives.’ Proverbs 22:6
Our vision is to provide a secure, happy learning community based upon Christian Values in which each child is encouraged to reach their full potential.
We aim to support the children's developing skills as learners by:
- Providing a secure foundation upon which individuals can grow into independent, challenged learners.
- Stimulating active learning experiences,that develop children's awareness of themselves as learners.
- Valuing every child irrespectve of gender, disability,age, race or culture and ensure that they have an active voice in school and know that their opinions matter.
- Supporting children in succeeding in their learning and finding opportunities to celebrate their success.
- Developing skills of independence, co-operation and self- motivation.
- Contributing to the wider community, both locally and globally.