The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all 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.
At Maple Court, we have chosen to teach French as it is a language that is widely spoken across the world, and to support the transition to our feeder high schools. It is our intention that children develop a love for learning French through lessons that are enjoyable, supportive and stimulating. We seek to engage all children and to develop their confidence, enabling them to actively take part in French lessons without fearing that they will ‘get it wrong.’ Our lessons aim to teach children the skills and knowledge they need to communicate confidently in French.
French is taught throughout KS2 on a weekly basis. We have recently started to follow the CGP program of work called Salut, which ensures that our MFL curriculum meets the requirements of the National Curriculum and progressively develops the children’s key skills in French as they move up the school. It also provides us with interactive games, videos and songs to support the delivery of lessons. At first, children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through a range of interactive activities, such as conversational work, role play, singing, games and stories. These practical approaches are to help improve memory and recall, and to make the learning of an additional language accessible to every child.
As their confidence and ability grows, our children will record their work in French books.
At Maple Court, we have high expectations of the teaching and learning of French. It is our intention that all children are supported and challenged, as appropriate, to meet age-related expectations across Key Stage 2.
The further impact of our French curriculum will be that our children will leave our school understanding the importance of learning a foreign language and how this can benefit them in the future. They will be positive about learning a foreign language at secondary school, further developing the knowledge and skills that they have already acquired at primary school. To enrich their cultural capital, the children are given various opportunities to link their learning to culture and the wider world, for example, each year, we mark Bastille Day in our academy.