Modern Foreign Languages

FRENCH – The French language is spoken in over 29 countries of the world.

Vision for French (Intent)

The learning of languages at Mayfield aims to provide a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all children including SEND, Pupil Premium and disadvantaged groups. They will develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning and have the opportunity to learning about other countries and cultures. Children will develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between French and English.

Language lessons will focus on learning new vocabulary and using it during listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. As they progress, the children will be able to talk about themselves and others, ask question and to take part in conversations. They will read words and sentences on a variety of topics and purposes and demonstrate their understanding using translation, and by providing spoken and written responses.

Languages Subject Leader- Miss Brodie

Long Term Plan

Key Vocabulary

How is French taught and what does it look like at Mayfield? (Implementation)

In EYFS and KS1 children have weekly French lessons involving songs and games to allow them to develop their speaking and listening skills; build up their French Vocabulary; and acquire a real enjoyment of learning a new language.

In KS2 children learn a new topic during each half-term. They have weekly lessons in French, firstly introducing new language and skills and secondly providing the opportunity to revisit, practise and embed prior learning. We are using a scheme of work produced in partnership with The Blue Coat School Languages department based on the languages’ requirement in The National Curriculum. Lessons initially provide the children with the vocabulary necessary to understand and form simple sentences. Linguascope, an award-winning online language resource, is used to provide vocabulary, games and activities for each topic. The new vocabulary is revisited during subsequent lessons where additional grammar structures are introduced allowing children to create more complex sentences and to build on their knowledge and understanding.

In Lower KS2, children acquire basic skills and understanding of French with a strong emphasis placed on developing their Speaking and Listening skills. These will be embedded and further developed in Upper KS2, alongside Reading and Writing, gradually progressing onto more complex language concepts and greater learner autonomy.

What will my child leave Mayfield knowing, understanding and appreciating in French? (Impact)

Our French curriculum will allow all children to

  • Engage in purposeful dialogue in practical situations (e.g. ordering in a cafe, following directions and express an opinion)
  • Make increasingly accurate attempts to read unfamiliar words, phrases, and short texts.
  • Speak and read aloud with confidence and accuracy in pronunciation.
  • Demonstrate understanding of spoken language by listening and responding appropriately.
  • Use a bilingual dictionary to support their language learning.
  • Be able to identify word classes in a sentence and apply grammatical rules they have learnt.
  • Be able to construct short texts on familiar topics.
  • Meet the end of Key Stage 2 stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for Languages

It is intended that when children leave Mayfield Primary, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore, other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language.  They will be engaged and prepared to continue language learning at Secondary School.

French Pupil Voice – What do our children think of French at Mayfield? (Impact)

“Bonjour! I like French because if I ever go there I’ll know some words because of my French lessons!” Year 6 pupil

“I like the fun games we play after learning new words in French.” Year 3 pupil

“I like learning about other people’s language and lives.”  Year 5 pupil

“How I learn to do something difficult and then when I get it right it feels really good.” Year 4 pupil

Mayfield Primary School is proud to be part of the Cranmer Education Trust

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