Autumn Term 2017
This term French will be taught to years classes 1 to 6 for 30 to 45 minutes each week by Mrs Harrison. Children are able to develop their French language skills as well as learning about French culture and traditions.
Younger children learn French words and phrases through songs, videos, games, stories and repetition. As the children progress through the school they learn how to say more complex sentences, including descriptions, opinions and reasons why. They will recognise sound spelling links, write simple, then more complex sentences and learn some basic grammar structures.
We have access to lots of French resources in school which allow children to listen to a range of native speakers and include interactive games to reinforce the new language being taught.
All KS2 children have a French folder where written work is kept. This stays with them and can be used as a reference. Children also have a language profile which is completed to show children’s achievements in the form of I can… statements.
We also have a long standing link with a primary school in Normandy, France. During the last school year, younger children had the opportunity to send and receive drawings and cards and the older children exchanged information on school trips and also what is considered to be typically French or English (Royal family, food, school life, etc.) Our next project is to exchange resources which will help the French children with their English and vice versa.
During the last week of the summer term we were very lucky to have one of the teachers from this French school come to visit us. She spoke to the children (in French) about her school, food and France with an accompanying Powerpoint. It was lovely to see the children so interested and asking lots of questions – a great opportunity to practise their French!