Aims and objectives:
The teaching of French at Dairy Meadow aims to give children the ability to understand and express themselves in a modern foreign language. We aim to expose the children to a range of vocabulary and grammar so that they can construct conversations with their peers as well as developing an ‘ear’ for a romantic language. At Dairy Meadow we value the ability of Oracy and the confidence being able to express oneself brings, we don’t see why this idea should be confined just to the English language.
Through our partnership with Language Angels, our French lead will ensure that the children can hone their listening, speaking and writing skills through a native French speaking practitioner. Each lesson begins with a recap on previous learning, links with concepts taught elsewhere in the subject (and the curriculum) and an awareness of why the lesson taught is important to the child. From there our young people will be introduced to the key vocab and associated grammatical construct (if needed) before having the pronunciation and use modelled for them. Children will be expected to mimic with an authentic accent before completing a given aural, listening and written activity with the associated skill. Lessons are organised appropriately to age group and tie in with units studied elsewhere in that year group. By using Language Angels we are working alongside the National Curriculum programme of study in MFL in which:
Pupils should be taught to:
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
- present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
- broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing Languages
- understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.
By understanding where France is in relation to the UK and making links with other Francophone countries around the world, the children will begin appreciate how important and empowering it can be to communicate in someone else’s mother tongue. Children will develop an awareness of Europe and what it means to be part of a geographical union. Using a wider lens we will make the children aware of how useful learning another MFL is for their successes in later life and how useful language can be for breaking down barriers.
Teaching and Learning:
The teaching of French as a MFL at Dairy Meadow is completed through our partnership with the online learning platform Language Angels. Each lesson builds cumulatively on the vocabulary gained previously and units have been selected to support the listening, writing and speaking development of the child. Cross curricular links are evident and where possible modules tie in with our Cornerstones units (for instance the story of Red Riding Hood is told in Year 2 in conjunction with their English unit involving fairy tales, Year 3 have a French unit on the Romans to coalesce with their Emperors and Empire unit). All lessons are resourced with Powerpoints voiced by native French speakers and key vocab/concepts are reinforced by the presence of karaoke videos and songs.
Each French lesson will be differentiated three ways, there will also be extension tasks for the more able learners. Alternatively, tasks may revolve around conversations or listening activities that can be appropriately scaffolded by the teacher.
Our teaching alongside the Language Angels resources link to the 12 attainment targets set out in the DfE Languages Programme of Study for KS2. The tracking tool and teacher annotations ensure we have a comprehensive history of pupil learning and progression in the main language learning skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Through the Language Angels Tracking & Progression Tool we can record, analyse and interpret data for our learners in their French language journey. This information will be used when reporting back to parents.
Language Angels run a series of webinars and have 24/7 live support. They also offer other MFL languages (currently Italian and Spanish) which are being considered as after school or lunch time clubs.
Monitoring and Evaluating:
The AHT and French lead will ensure that the French curriculum has sufficient breadth and depth to satisfy the DFE Languages Programme of Study for KS2. This will be completed through book looks and regular drop-ins half termly. Pupil voice and staff voice will be captured and praised/actioned on accordingly.
Children will be given the chance to practice their French with children in French speaking countries through the E-Pal platform.
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