French Curriculum 2023 - 24
French is taught from Years 3 to 6 and aims to develop our pupils as emerging linguists, stimulating and fostering a curiosity about language and different cultures and deepening their understanding of the world, so that they can use everyday communication for practical purposes and even perhaps using what they have learned and understood in later life.
Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduces an international dimension to pupils’ learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others. The learning of a foreign language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.
Within French learning, pupils will learn to:
- apply phonics in reading and writing of words and phrases
- use correct pronunciation and grammar;
- understand basic grammar;
- memorise words;
- interpret meaning;
- ask and answer questions;
- take part in simple conversations.
French is taught progressively throughout KS2 and, where possible, links with relevant topics are made. All pupils are taught the lessons applicable to their age/ability, based on the NC programmes of study. Teaching uses a variety of techniques and resources such as games, mime, role play, action songs.
To assess pupils, we have a unique tracking system which builds up an assessment picture for every unit taught. At the end of the year, a final judgement will be made whether the child is in line with year group expectations contained within the progression document. Assessment takes place through observation, discussion with pupils and work scrutiny covers:
- listening and responding;
- reading and responding;
French is planned and delivered by the French linguists in school: Mrs Twigg and Ms. Loughran.