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French

At Mount Pleasant, we are committed to fostering a love for language learning and nurturing linguistic skills that will last a lifetime. In Key Stage 2, our French curriculum provides an engaging and interactive environment for students to explore the richness of the French language and culture. We follow the Language Angels programme for French which is designed to be immersive and participatory. As the children progress throughout Key Stage 2, they will be able to read and understand French words, phrases and simple writing. We want pupils to develop the confidence to communicate in French for practical purposes, using both written and spoken French. Through the learning of another language, we also aim to foster our children’s curiosity about the world around them and the cultures of other people.

 

Our Intent

1. Fostering Multilingual Competence: We believe that proficiency in multiple languages is an invaluable asset in today's globalized society. By introducing French as a second language in primary school, we aim to lay a strong foundation for our students to become confident and competent communicators in both English and French.

2. Cultivating Cultural Awareness: Through the study of French language and culture, we seek to broaden our students' horizons and foster a deeper appreciation for cultural diversity. By exploring French customs, traditions, literature, and art, students gain insights into the rich tapestry of French-speaking cultures around the world, promoting empathy, tolerance, and respect for others.

3. Enhancing Cognitive Development: Research has shown that learning a second language has cognitive benefits, including improved memory, problem-solving skills, and creative thinking. By engaging in language learning activities, students develop cognitive flexibility and linguistic agility, which can positively impact their academic performance across all subjects.

4. Empowering Global Citizenship: We aspire to empower our students to become responsible and engaged global citizens who are equipped to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. Proficiency in French opens doors to international opportunities, facilitating cross-cultural communication, collaboration, and understanding.

5. Fostering Lifelong Learning: Our aim is to instil a love for language learning and a growth mindset that encourages lifelong curiosity and exploration. By nurturing a positive and supportive learning environment, we inspire our students to embrace challenges, celebrate progress, and continue their language learning journey beyond the classroom.

Subject Leader: Miss Clayton

Pupils should be taught to:

 

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding

  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words

  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help

  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures

  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases*

  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences

  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing

  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language

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

  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly

  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing

  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.

Key stage 2

French Overview

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