At Foxdell Junior School, we teach a foreign language (French) to all our KS2 children as part of the National Curriculum. We believe that a Modern Foreign Language prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are often carried out in languages other than English.
In each year group, we follow the new National Curriculum, which focuses on four areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Through speaking and listening activities, games and written exercises, children are encouraged to listen to and join in with conversations, develop accurate pronunciation, use simple sentences with increasing accuracy and broaden their vocabulary and ability to understand new words. We cover a range of topics throughout the year, which are linked to the guidance given in the revised National Curriculum, using Rigolo Scheme of work as a basis.
During French lessons, children are encouraged to ‘join in and have a go’, making lessons interactive, enjoyable and engaging. The children are taught to know and understand how to:
· Ask and answer questions;
· Use correct pronunciation and intonation;
· Interpret meaning;
· Work in pairs and groups, and communicate in French
· Look at life in another culture.
During French lessons, children are given the opportunity to work as a class, as individuals and as part of a group. The choice of class organisation is determined by the learning task. By its nature MFL will involve lots of interaction with visual, auditory and kinaesthetic prompts. There is a balanced coverage of speaking and listening, reading and writing activities starting from year 3