Children are taught French throughout our school, using an interactive and stimulating approach. Songs, interactive activities and a range of resources are used to promote enjoyment, ensure authenticity and support confidence and participation.
Modern Foreign Languages Purpose of study:
The children at St. Mary’s learn to speak French! We believe that learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries into the future.
The national curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
understand and respond to spoken and written French from a variety of authentic sources
speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions
continually improve the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
write in French at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in French including songs.
In Early Years and Key Stage 1, weekly French lessons are based on songs and rhymes to introduce the children to basic vocabulary, greetings and French speech sounds.
By the end of Key Stage 2, the children will have been equipped with basic conversational skills and will have a developing vocabulary to help prepare them for Key Stage 3.