French at Staverton CE Primary School
At Staverton CE Primary School, we strive to ensure that each child in Key Stage 2 receives high quality modern foreign language teaching. We teach French as this is the language that most of our feeder Secondary Schools teach from Year 7. The children are taught the skills needed to communicate confidently in French and to express their thoughts and ideas both verbally and in writing. We follow a spiral curriculum designed to repeat and build upon previous learning, allowing the children opportunities to rehearse and expand thier knowledge of French across a wide range of topic areas. Children have individual language books that they use in order to reduce cognitive over load.
I am Mrs Fox, modern foreign language Subject Leader at Staverton Primary School. As modern foreign language lead, my role is to support teachers, promote a love of language learning and monitor the progress of the children. I can often be heard encouraging children to use their French skills outside of lessons! I believe early language learning is important as it gives children a good understanding of the structure of other languages and develops their cultural understanding. To support the progress children make across Key Stage 2, I have created a progression map which focuses on Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. It also shows the vocabulary learnt in each class and how it builds over the year groups.
The National Curriculum
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.
French in Key Stage 2
Progression of French in Key Stage 2
Subject specific vocabulary
Support to remember and retain