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We study French across the school, concerntrating on basic vocabulary and practical phrases that support pupils' confidence in listening to and speaking a foreign language.

The guidance below explains the rationally behind teaching pupils another language during Key Stage 2. The Level descriptions can be viewed from the side bar.

We follow a multi-media course of study across the school, which enables non-specialist teachers to present the subject in an accessible way to pupils with varied linguistic skills.

We do not expect pupils to become fluent in French, but hope that they develop confidence to have a go at speaking it and the ability to understand the gist of what they hear by using a range of contextual clues and the speakers body language and expression as well as the actual words they hear.

As part of our language studies, we also find out about France and other French speaking parts of the world.

There are Level descriptions, which can be found from the side bar. Pupils may development skills falling within level one and two and exceptionally level 3 in some areas.


National Curriculum Guidance for Modern Foreign Langaue (MFL) teaching

Knowledge, skills and understanding

Understanding and using the foreign language

1. In the early stages of language learning pupils might be taught:
a. how to use and respond to the foreign language
b. how to listen carefully in order to discriminate sounds, identify meaning and develop auditory awareness
c. correct pronunciation and intonation
d. how to ask and answer questions
e. techniques for memorising words, phrases and short extracts
f. how to use context and clues to interpret meaning
g. how to make use of their knowledge of English or another language in learning the foreign language.

2. Pupils can be taught about other countries and cultures by:
a. working with authentic materials including some from ICT-based sources
b. considering their own culture and comparing it with others
c. considering the experiences of other people.

3. In order to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding further, pupils might also be taught:
a. the interrelationship of sounds and writing
b. simple aspects of grammar and how to apply them
c. how to initiate conversations
d. how to use dictionaries and other reference materials
e. how to communicate with each other in the foreign language in pairs
and groups and with their teacher
f. how to use their knowledge of the language creatively and imaginatively
g. how to use the foreign language for real purposes.

Explanatory notes and cross-curriculum references

Learning another language presents opportunities for the reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other curriculum areas.

These opportunities can be exploited through:

  • aspects of English such as speaking and listening skills, knowledge and understanding of grammatical structures and sentence construction
  • aspects of mathematics such as counting, calculations, money, the time and the date
  • songs, alphabet, poems, rhymes and stories in other languages
  • international or multi-cultural work, for example celebration of festivals, storytelling
  • using ICT, for example e-mail with schools abroad, materials from the internet and satellite television
  • geographical and historical work relating to other countries.