Modern Foreign Languages

Aims

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all Key Stage 2 pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language 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, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation

  • can write 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 the language studied.

 

We are very lucky to have a French teacher at Christ Church School – Ms Maurier – who supports French nationals and teachers French across the school.

French Day! 
Under the direction of their French Chef Jean Marc, our caterers, AiP produced an amazing lunch - poulet basquaise, pomme de terre sautees, haricot vert and petit pois. Children were encouraged to try a variety of french cheeses from a tasty looking cheeseboard, and finish up with a delicious apple pie (tarte aux pommes)! Empty plates hit the clearing station with children walking away saying ‘yummy yummy’! Children at the dining tables were vying for who knew the most french or had been to france the most times!
Year 5 were lucky enough to have a crepe making workshop with Jean Marc. The children were very excited as they mixed up the batter (which we found out has exactly the same ingredients as English Yorkshire Pudding!), then all had a chance to cook and flip the crepes, before filling them with delicious toppings of fruit or lemon and sugar! They learnt the recipe in French and should all now be experts! 
yummy yummy! délicieux!
Le Petit Chaperon Rouge
Year 3 studied the story Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Riding Hood) in French and really enjoyed acting out a part. "Grand-mère que vous avez de grandes dents. - C'est pour mieux te manger, mon enfant." (Grandma what big teeth you have. All the better to eat you with, my dear!) They dressed up and tried really hard with the French pronunciation. They did very well!
La Fete des Rois
To celebrate Epiphany we had a cake sale of La Fête des Rois where children pulling the bean out of their brioche cake became 'king or queen'.  The children loved making the crowns and eating the cakes!  
French Clothing Design:
In French, Year 1 and 2 have been learning items of clothing with a song called ‘Promenons nous dans les bois’. It is about children going for a walk in the woods while the wolf is getting dressed before he comes to get them! They have been designing clothes for the wolf.
Modern Foreign Languages
Subject Leaders: Claire Brown, Anne-Claire Maurier

 

How the subject is taught at Christ Church

French lessons focus primarily on vocabulary acquisition and oracy to begin with. Vocabulary is taught in topics and children learn through games, repetition, watching short video clips in French and by singing songs. As vocabulary is built up, the children begin to engage in simple conversations with one another; ask and answer questions and also begin to express opinions and preferences. Children are also exposed to stories in French to broaden their vocabulary; to develop their reading skills and to familiarise them with basic language structures. As these structures are developed, so too are the children’s written skills in French. They start to write simple sentences and discuss spellings, linking these with pronunciation.
 
La Chenille qui fait des trous
5WB presented their learning during their class assembly this week. Their theme was "Languages". They started off by telling the story of the Hungry Caterpillar in French (La Chenille qui fait des trous); sang a French song about the days of the week (and encouraged us all to join in!) and then read their fantastic writing which was a story based on "The Lost Thing" by Shaun Tan. The assembly ended with the Lord's Prayer, which they said and signed using British Sign Language. 
French Quiz and Egg Hunt:
On Wednesday 21st March, the Year 3 have done a French quiz outside and a chocolate Easter egg hunt. They had a great time testing their learning and eating chocolate.
Family
Last week, Year 4 discussed the respect value and the importance of respecting members of our family. As Family was our French theme this term, we used this opportunity to make a tree of hands to remind us that we are all part of the same family and we need to respect each other commencing with ourselves and our close family. The children wrote about who they are and about the members of their family on their hands in French.
Coverage

Through a variety of topics, each year group covers the three strands known as oracy; literacy and inter-cultural understanding

 

First Year Language Learning (Year 3)

Second Year Language Learning (Year 4)

Third Year Language Learning (Year 5)

Fourth Year Language Learning (Year 6)

Unit 1 Moi

Unit 7 All Aboard

Unit 13 Bon Appétit

Unit 19 Our school

Unit 2 Jeux

Unit 8 Pocket Money

Unit 14 Le Musicien

Unit 20 Our world

Unit 3 Celebrations

Unit 9 Tell Me a Story

Unit 15 En route

Unit 21 Le café

Unit 4 Portraits

Unit 10 Sporting Lives

Unit 16 Scene de Plage

Unit 22 Past and present

Unit 5 Four Friends

Unit 11 Carnival of the Animals

Unit 17 Les saisons

Unit 23 Theme park

Unit 6 Growing Things

Unit 12 Weather

Unit 18 Les planetes

Unit 24 What’s in the news?

These units are progressive as it is important that children’s language learning skills are developed appropriately. Therefore, year groups who may have started learning French in Year 5, for example, will be following the Year 3 units as it is their first year.

 

Assessment

Children’s outcomes in lessons are used to inform planning. At the end of a unit of work each child is assessed against the subjects National Curriculum objectives using working towards, working at or working beyond criteria. By the end of the school year the class teacher will have built a record of all children’s progress in their cohort for subject leaders to analyse and new class teachers can use them to inform planning and teaching.

 

Opportunities for cross-curricular use of language skills / cultural awareness

Geography: maps of Europe; maps of France; place names in French

PE: counting in French to keep score; practising the vocabulary of direction

Maths: telling the time in French; counting in French; adding / subtracting / multiplying orally in French

PSHE: learning about French customs and traditions; learning about children from another culture