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French Curriculum Intent

At St Bernadette’s, we believe that learning a foreign language is a long life skill; it is an important part of being  a member of a multi-cultural society as it provides children with an opening to other cultures and allows them to see, value and learn about other societies. In our school, French is the key language taught. Our provision fosters children's curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. We encourage children to express their opinions, ideas, their feelings, engage in conversations, ask and answer questions and show their understanding through verbal and written responses. Exploring the patterns and sounds of language through songs, poems, games and rhymes, linking the spelling, sound and meaning of words support learning in a fun way and teaching provides an awareness of the culture, its language, literature, music and art. Children have weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2 with a specialist teacher. Vocabulary is key to our teaching programme and this is embedded throughout our provision. Some of the areas covered include numbers, colours, pets, family members, discovering the features of a French town, naming food and drink, going shopping, classroom instructions, clothes, sports and hobbies.  Many of our children already speak at least two languages, with 42 different languages represented across our school community. We celebrate our multi-cultural school family with a wonderful International Evening each year where we share traditional dress, food and music. It is a highlight of our school year. We see language teaching in our school as the foundation for learning further languages and hope that we inspire our children to go forward with their studies through secondary education and beyond and become fluent communicators in at least one additional language.

 

French long-term plan

Listening and speaking

 

  1. Children listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
  2. Children engage in conversation; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.
  3. Children develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are using familiar words and phrases.

 

Reading and writing

  1. Children broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.

 

Stories, Songs, Poems and Rhymes

  1. Children appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.

 

 

Year Groups

 

 

 

 

Autumn term

 

 

Spring term

 

 

Summer term

Year 3

 

 

 

Greetings-Getting to know you

All about me

Family and Friends

Food glorious food

Our School

Time

Year 4

 

 

 

 

All around town

On the move

Gone shopping

Where in the world

What’s the time

Holidays and hobbies

Year 5

 

 

 

Getting to know you – revisiting and building

upon content from year 3.

All about ourselves

Food and drinks

Family and Friends

School life

Time travelling

Year 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our school

Family and friends

Where do I live?

Grammar: To have

Feelings

My home

Let’s go shopping

 

 

Opinions: like and dislike

Grammar: adjectives

This is France

All in a day: time

Celebration

 

 

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