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MFL - French

This page was updated in Spring 2021.  

Mrs Levey leads the teaching of French in school. We also offer children the exciting opportunity to take part in a French residential in Years 5 or 6.   

Our intent for French   

At Frodsham Manor House we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils.  It helps them to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with an aim of making substantial progress in one language. In addition, children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for further language learning in future. We believe that learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others, which feeds into our focus on global learning with an International Schools Award. Our aim is for children to be both prepared and enthusiastic about continuing their language learning at secondary school.  

Our Implementation for French

Children develop their love of language learning and develop skills throughout their time in school.  From Reception upwards, children begin their language learning journey. Whole school assemblies, which all children participate in, celebrate language learning and our wider position in the world through song and international stories.   

In KS2, children are taught in regular sessions through participating in songs, stories, actions, rhymes and games as well as written and oral activities. We believe it is important for children to practice writing, as well as speaking, in French as they progress through school. Our school follows the Primary Languages Network scheme of work, which is adapted to meet the needs of our own children and the curriculum they will embrace at KS3. The topics covered at KS2 have been chosen in consultation with our local high school to ensure children develop their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar in a way which directly prepares them for their secondary education.   

Our languages curriculum is reinforced by our residential trips to France. Pupils in Year 5 and 6 have the opportunity to participate in a residential trip, during which they are able to put into practise their language learning and develop a wider cultural appreciation of the language they are studying. We believe this acts as a great motivation for language learning and develops historical and intercultural understanding.   

Our Impact for French

Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop their French vocabulary and a love of languages and learning about other cultures as well as key language learning skills, as set out by the national curriculum. Our curriculum has been developed in conjunction with our main local high school in order to ensure pupils can make a smooth transition and continue to progress as soon as they reach high school. The key skills as set out by the national curriculum are as follows:   

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources  
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation  
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt  
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied  

   

Curriculum coverage 

Reception - Year 2  

Key Stage One have a fortnightly French assembly where we learn key vocabulary and songs. We aim for our children to develop an appreciation of songs and stories in French throughout their time at the school. We sometimes do the register, date and weather in French in our classes too.  

  

Key Stage 2  

Key Stage Two also take part in the French assemblies. In addition to French assemblies, Key Stage 2 have regular French lessons where we aim to develop a love of languages and an understanding of other cultures alongside language development.  

In Year 3, children learn to use simple greetings, numbers to 10, colours, days of the week, months and animals. Children at this stage mostly respond orally and by writing words.  In Year 4, children progress their learning through recapping introductions, numbers to 20, descriptions, family, body parts and explaining how they feel in more detail. Children begin to write more at sentence level in Year 4. In Year 5, children begin to be able to give opinions about school and learn numbers to 100, weather phrases and places around town. Children begin to write and adapt their own sentences more at this level. In Year 6, children recap learning from previous years as well as learning about hobbies, basic verb forms, opinions and café culture in France.