At Staincliffe CofE Junior School, we know learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides us with respect for other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and joy to deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable children to express and trust their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, instilling courage for later life to study and work in other countries.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in French, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. French is taught as part of a half termly topic, focusing on skills and knowledge stated in the National Curriculum. Our skills-focussed French curriculum is delivered through a sequence of engaging ‘big questions’ as the hook that starts each learning journey. Alongside classroom based learning, a variety of opportunities to enhance our children’s independent learning skills through real-life and role play experiences.
Our curriculum provides:
- opportunities to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- opportunities for speaking 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
- opportunities to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- an understanding of the culture of the countries in which the language is spoken
To track the progress of our (linguists), we:
- Create Knowledge Organisers which outline knowledge including vocabulary all children must master and apply in lessons.
- a low stakes quiz regularly to support learner’s ability to retain learning and increase space in the working memory
- ‘Challenge Questions’ for pupils to apply learning in a philosophical / open manner
- Capture ‘Pupil Voice’ at regular intervals
By the time they leave us, as linguists, our children will have:
- The confidence to speak with good intonation and pronunciation in French.
- Fluency in reading French.
- Fluency in writing in French.
- A strong awareness of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.
- A passion for languages and a commitment to the subject.
- The ability to use language creatively and spontaneously.
- An independence in their studies and the ability to draw upon a wide range of resources
Our French curriculum is high quality, well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with our curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress and support is put in place for those working towards the curriculum objectives.