The Modern Foreign Language (MFL) that we have chosen to teach at St Theresa's is French. French is taught to KS2 children. Mrs Ruane is the French leader in school and she has prepared a progression map for French which is published below along with the Intent statement.
At St. Theresa’s, the intention of our MFL curriculum is to develop an interest in and thirst for learning other languages. We aim to introduce the learning of the French language and the understanding of its culture in enjoyable and stimulating ways. We hope to embed the essential skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. We aim to build the children’s ‘Culture Capital’ so that they are aware of similarities and differences between cultures. In short, we hope to lay the foundations for future language learning.
Our MFL curriculum has been designed to progressively develop skills in French. We follow “La Jolie Ronde and Tous les Jours” schemes to deliver our French lessons. These ensure children acquire a bank of vocabulary organized around topics. They ensure development is progressive as they build on previous knowledge from units already studied.
All children in KS2 are taught French in a weekly discreet lesson.
KS1 children are introduced to MFL through exploring other languages informally when studying another country, and also use “Tous les Jours” to practise greetings and sing in French.
We are also focusing on French outside the classroom. Songs will be learnt in French during whole school assemblies and signs around the school will also be displayed to make language learning more meaningful and give it a purpose.
Through the high quality first teaching of French we will see the impact of the subject in the following ways
- Children will be able to communicate with each other in French
- Children will be aware that a language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another
- Children will develop their language through the development of the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing
- Children will enrich their language learning by developing an understanding of the French culture
- Children will learn how language skills can be applied to a range of languages
- Children will transfer to KS3 effectively and successfully and will be well prepared to continue and develop their language skills
Year 4 have been learning greetings in French! They have practised speaking and writing and have also learnt a Greetings Song! We hope you like it!