French

Vision

And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ Micah 6:8

Through the teachings of Jesus, all can flourish spiritually, emotionally and academically throughout life, living out love and justice for all. Our Christian values of love, justice, compassion, wisdom, forgiveness and friendship underpin the life of the school community and impact on our daily lives. Guilden Sutton Church of England Primary School strives to provide the best possible education for our children. We aim for excellence within our happy, secure school where each individual’s achievements are valued and celebrated. By using a holistic approach, we will provide a curriculum that offers a diverse and challenging environment to inspire and motivate every child in our care.

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We enable our children to be curious in their approach to learning, to be courageous (not afraid of making mistakes) in their attitude to learning, to be empowered to work both independently and collaboratively, to understand the impact their learning has had on them so far and be inspired to keep learning.

Our intention of the French curriculum is that children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable, lively, and engaging. The learning of French is interactive and stimulating whilst embedding the essential skills of reading, listening, speaking, and writing. It allows them to use their brain in new and exciting ways, giving them a sense of achievement and pride in the acquisition of new skills. We have designed the curriculum so that children are immersed in language relating to themselves and their everyday experiences from Key stage 1. In Key stage 2, we also discuss features of the language, such as pronunciation of sounds, word order and accents. This knowledge of how languages work provides a useful basis for the study of any foreign language at Key Stage 3 learning and gives them a better understanding of their own language. In Year 6, children will be introduced to the Spanish and Italian language, by a native speaker, in order to support their transition into high school.

Our curriculum is designed to develop our pupils as language learners who can:

  • Apply their knowledge to read, to speak and communicate with increasing confidence, fluency, and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, while continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation and exploring the patterns and sounds of language…
  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • Describe people, places, things, and actions orally and in writing.
  • Write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of basic grammatical structures that they have learnt.
  • Grow a ‘cultural capital’ as they become aware of similarities and differences in other cultures. Their awareness helps them develop a sense of harmony with others, respecting the cultural diversity.
  • Develop their learning of a foreign language for their future opportunities as global citizens.

Implementation

At Guilden Sutton Church of England Primary School, the long-term plan is designed to be closely aligned to the National Curriculum and to enable all children to make at least good progress in one language. The children will experience a variety of skills including singing, speaking, reading, listening, writing, and drawing. As they progress, they will develop a bank of vocabulary that can then be used in a wider variety of situations. Lessons are part of the normal school curriculum and will link to other subject areas wherever possible. Children are taught French weekly for 35 min for Year 1 to Year 4 and 40 min for year 5 and Year 6 by a specialist native teacher. When children start learning French in Key stage 1, the emphasis is on speaking and listening, using games, songs, and practical activities. We aim to motivate children and help them remember more through repetition of new vocabulary and structures in a variety of fun contexts, creatively and practically. We develop the potential of songs - using rhythm, catchy tunes, and repetitive choruses to get pupils used to the new words. As they continue through Key Stage 2, we build on those foundations by introducing them to more written language and encouraging them to express themselves in writing, learning some basic French grammar and learn how to use a dictionary to check the spelling and gender of words or/and/meaning. New vocabulary is repeated frequently in the lesson and children revisit previous content periodically. Regular repetition and reinforcement are essential for children to become confident in French. New vocabulary is introduced supported by visual, oral, and kinaesthetic cues to help children who have differing learning styles. Children enjoy listening to familiar stories read in French and like the opportunity to take part in paired speaking and listening activities, including role play, sometime with a competitive element. Their “Cahier de français” (French notebook) is passed through years, with the songs/rhyme Repertoire.

Linguafun.eu It is an online resource used in class and at home, aimed to effectively support and reinforce memorisation. And we are in contact with A school in France near Toulouse. Displays are used to remind children of key vocabulary (by class or for the school?) Practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall. In the classroom, whether possible, instructions are given in French to expose children to the language as much as possible and in day-to-day contexts. Visual prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary. Word mats/ Knowledge organisers are available for children to have out on desks to support their learning and recap previous learning.

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We support our pupils to build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills, assessed informally during the lessons using a variety of strategies such as book looks, lesson observations of their personal qualities and attitudes towards their work, staff discussions and pupil interviews.

The children’s understanding of a particular concept is shown through self-marking (green/orange/red) on the objective (Can I…). They are given the time to reflect and evaluate their ideas, in line with the school’s marking policy.

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Guilden Sutton Church of England Primary School is in a semi-rural location at the heart of the village of Guilden Sutton, on the outskirts of Chester. The school is a lively, happy place where all are treated as individuals within a Christian family atmosphere.
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