At Charford First School, our Languages curriculum enables pupils to develop competence in another language. Pupils will be taught how to read, write and speak in French, so that they can confidently understand and respond to French speakers. During French lessons, pupils will have the opportunity to gain cultural insight into a different culture and will be supported to understand and respect diversity. We hope that pupils at Charford develop a sense of belonging to the wider world, preparing them for future opportunities in modern life.
A Charford International Speaker will:
• be curious and open to other cultures
• deepen their understanding of the world
• express their ideas and thoughts in another language
• respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing
• ask questions
• develop accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
• discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied
• can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
At Charford, our Languages curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils, ensuring the curriculum objectives are met. We do this through:
Following a Key Stage 2 curriculum – This covers a range of themes which includes greetings, numbers, colours, the body, animals, hobbies and interests and French speaking countries of the world and allows for progression over both year groups. For example: numbers 1-20 are introduced in Year 3. This is then revised in Year 4, before progressing to numbers up to 30 / multiples of 10 up to 100.
Half termly units – French is taught every half term, in both year groups. Each half term unit is broken down into specific themes, which builds on prior learning and allows children to progress with both their spoken and written skills.
Good quality lessons – French is taught using a variety of teaching strategies. Children are typically first exposed to spoken language, where they rehearse new vocabulary and phrases, orally. As they become more confident, elements of written vocabulary are then introduced. Lessons are taught through PowerPoints/flipchart presentations, audio clips, photos and videos, songs, stories and drama/role play.
A broad subject matter – Through our chosen themes, children’s cultural awareness is developed, and they begin to gain an understanding of the world around them. Children are exposed to a broad range of themes, which are sequenced so that prior learning is considered and opportunities for revision of language and grammar are built in. Revision of key vocabulary means that that children have opportunities to repeat, revise and build on their learning.
Cross Curricular Links – It is important that children explore a full and balanced curriculum and that links can be made across different subject areas. For example, in Year 4; children study Europe as part of their Geography curriculum and draw comparisons between London and Paris. In normal circumstances, children are given the opportunity to taste a variety of French foods and talk about in French what they like/dislike. Famous French icons are learnt about (Michel Roux, Marie Curie, Claude Monet, Coco Chanel).
Showing progression - All children in KS2 have French folders, which are used throughout units as a way for children to express and develop their grammatical structure of written language. These folders follow the children from Year 3 to Year 4. Impact is typically measured through key questioning skills built into lessons. However, the use of child-led assessment, such as success criteria grids and summative assessments, are sometimes used to target next steps in learning.
Programme of Study and Long Term Planning
• BBC Bitesize KS2: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z39d7ty
• BBC Class Clips KS2: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/french-ks2-virtually-there-france/zjby8xs
• Crickweb KS2: http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2french.html
• Primary Games Arena: https://primarygamesarena.com/Subjects/French
• BBC Class Clips KS1: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zr8jmp3
• Duolingo (sign up required, free): www.duolingo.com