The Intent of our French Curriculum
At The Willows Catholic Primary School we provide all of our children with a high-quality education in Modern Foreign Languages (M.F.L.), which develops their love of learning about other languages and cultures. At The Willows, our children are taught about the French culture and language.
It is our intention to ensure that by the end of our children’s primary education, they have acquired: an understanding of both spoken and written language, gained confidence to speak in French with others and know how important fluency in other languages can be in their future.
The Implementation of our French Curriculum
Our Languages curriculum is designed to develop not only our children’s language skills, but also their love of learning a language. It progressively develops language skills, through regularly taught lessons. This allows the children to acquire new language then use and apply it in a range of different scenarios and topics. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As their confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences.
All children in KS2 have weekly French lessons with Mrs. Spacey. We currently use ‘Primary Languages Network’ to support our teaching of French. The Primary Languages Network scheme is progressive and builds on the language skills and knowledge the children learn year by year. Topics are repeated in different year groups and children spend valuable time consolidating prior learning.
The fact that Mrs. Spacey teaches each KS2 class French also aids assessment and ensures continuity and progression year on year in French as a subject. Core tasks and assessment pieces are built into the Primary Languages Network scheme and Mrs. Spacey is in regular contact with class teachers with regards to the children’s progress and attainment in French.
The Impact of our French Curriculum
We know our languages curriculum is impactful when our children make good progress and are engaged, demonstrating enjoyment and enthusiasm. Our curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills set out by the National Curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures. At The Willows, we strive to teach our children about diversity and tolerance of others – teaching the children another language so they can communicate with others and learning about the cultures and customs of others are integral to this aim.
At The Willows we use Knowledge Organisers to help our children, and staff, ensure the key objectives are covered.
On Thursday 12th October, Year 4 held a French day to culminate their learning from their 'Paris' geography topic and their learning from French MFL lessons this half term. The children spent the entire day dressed in French colours and completed lots of French themed...