Children in Key Stage Two learn French. In Years Three and Four, children have lessons on a half-termly rolling cycle with another subject (i.e. They study French for half of the year). Children in Years Five and Six have a weekly lesson.
Please find here the primary national curriculum for Languages:
We benefit from having several staff, both teachers and teaching assistants, who speak a good level of French. As such, only a small number of staff members teach the subject. Our planning in French works on a ‘pass-to-progress model’. Year groups follow the plan for French, inspired by the KS3 scheme Dynamo, at the rate that is suitable for them, only moving on when they have mastered the content in that unit. During the academic year 2020-2021, we made the decision to re-cover the fundamentals of the language to all year groups, even those who had some experience of French before, to ensure children were committing their learning to memory and had proportionate opportunities to read, write, speak and listen for each objective.
We devote as much time revisiting and revising previously learnt content as teaching new content. We know that a little language goes a long way and we want to be sure that children remember their language learning over time. Our teaching involves using phonic strategies to ensure children pronounce words accurately and beautifully. Children have opportunities to practise the spelling and writing of key phrases as well as discussion. Often, we will introduce phrases with their literal translations (Did you know that the French say I have ten years instead of I am ten years old?) so that children can understand how the language is constructed.
Please find our long-term plan for French below. Note that it will develop over time to include more units as children become more familiar with the language.
Assessment in French most regularly takes place when revisiting content at distance. This happens each lesson. At the end of a unit, often four of five lessons long, children recap their learning for that block of learning and sit a mini summative assessment to inform future reteaching. Language learnt in one unit directly feeds into subsequent learning.
For further information about our languages curriculum, please speak to Mr Asquith.