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In Key Stage 2 at Field Lane, our core language taught is French. We believe that learning a foreign language provides an excellent insight into other cultures and is brilliant for our social development. Our MFL curriculum promotes pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world around them.

Learning French helps our children to work together and communicate. It offers many opportunities for developing speaking and listening skills. Our teaching provides children with many practical experiences, we try and keep learning fun and real. We encourage children to speak with increasing confidence and fluency through discussions, asking questions and role play activities. Children are taught to broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced through half termly themes. Children are encouraged to write vocabulary and phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences describing people, places, things and actions.

By the end of upper KS2, we hope our children will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore, other countries, cultures and languages and understand that in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language.

Implementation

What does language learning look like at Field Lane?

Our languages curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in French, through regular taught lessons.

At Field Lane we follow a French language scheme of work which progresses children’s language learning through engaging activities, games, songs and stories. Lessons are designed to provide children with opportunities for speaking and listening, reading and writing with a focus on building key vocabulary and phrases around everyday aspects. 

Learning is progressive and is organised into different themes for Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6, following a 2 year cycle and each one allows plenty of opportunity for children to build upon their prior knowledge. There are also many opportunities for children to learn about French culture and Francophone countries around the world.

All of our children in KS2 have a French exercise book for learning and writing new vocabulary and phrases and also for taking part in written activities and games.

Our children at Field Lane are encouraged to engage in a variety of enjoyable and practical learning activities such as: French games, learning stories, outdoor learning vocabulary hunts, interactive whiteboard activities, playground games, songs, videos, taking part in drama and role-plays and kinaesthetic learning. We realise that this approach serves to develop a positive attitude in our children when learning a modern foreign language.

Our children are encouraged to work together in pairs and groups of mixed abilities in order to practice their spoken language skills and develop their confidence.

We have consulted with our local Batley MAT schools to ensure our children’s learning will continue through to KS3.

Every year, we celebrate a French café morning organised and planned by our children in Year 5. Children have the exciting opportunity to eat and drink some typical French snacks and drinks whilst listening to French music. All children from across the school are invited to take part and sample some of the tasty snacks and practice some simple vocabulary and phrases.

Children’s learning is assessed on a half termly basis using teacher assessment trackers and observations. Assessment is ongoing throughout each module to inform future planning and lesson activities. Children are also encouraged to self-assess their own learning at the end of each half term’s work.

Impact

At Field Lane School, we want our children to feel inspired and want to learn more about French.

That our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the national curriculum.

We would like children at our school to enjoy learning and have a good understanding of French culture and language, which also links to our British Values in school.

Children to discuss their learning and be confident in class at speaking in front of others.

Encourage our learners to be ready for the next stage of education.

 

How we measure the impact?

  • We observe and listen to children’s speaking and listening skills in French lessons.

  • Listen to children’s feedback and have discussions with children about the half termly units and their learning. 

  • Use questioning to understand our children’s views and attitudes to learning a language.

  • Marking written work in books.

  • Use half termly learning trackers to monitor progress and understanding.

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