At Horton Kirby CE Primary School, we aim to promote high standards and deliver high quality teaching and learning of a modern foreign language, French.
Understanding a modern foreign language increases a child’s understanding of their own language, and the building blocks which 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 pupils to become effective users of language, and show an understanding and respect of different cultures in our local, national environment.
All KS2 children have weekly, discrete language lessons in French delivered by the MFL subject lead or TA using the languages scheme of work (i-languages) – which covers all aspects of the MFL curriculum,: speaking, listening, reading, writing and cultural understanding, and progresses these skills and knowledge throughout Key Stage 2. Activities can consist of actions, rhymes, stories, song, drama, grammar focus, video clips, sentence structure, dictionary work, to extend, embed and combine language skills, with a focus on correct pronunciation. French is used in daily routines, for example, through answering the register and displaying the French date and weather within the classroom.
We aspire to ensure that SEND and disadvantaged children are given the necessary support in class to fully access the learning of French and embrace the culture in French speaking countries.
Each year revisits and develops previous learning to build on long term memory. Monitoring is done through lesson observations and book scrutinies to ensure that this is taking place.
Through our French curriculum, we aim to develop an enthusiastic and positive attitude to learning a language and to develop life-long language learners, in order to enhance their understanding of the wider world and have the ability to communicate with citizens from a range of global communities.