At Puss Bank School, French is taught at KS2 to excite learners about the possibilities that arise from being able to speak another language. Our young linguists therefore develop aspirations beyond their own community and begin to identify themselves as future global citizens.
Children are immersed in engaging and interactive lessons which promote an enjoyment of the subject. Through making connections between languages that children already speak and the French they learn, pupils enrich their knowledge about language and develop metacognitive skills.
Our French curriculum fosters a breadth and depth of language acquisition through building a range of skills across key strands. This exposure provides a secure foundation from which our pupils can progress confidently to the secondary curriculum.
We begin to teach French formally at KS2. Children participate in a weekly timetabled French lesson, taught by a teaching assistant (for Y4 -6) who is fluent in French and has expertise in teaching MFL. The subject leader teachers both classes in Y3. We follow the iLanguages scheme of work, which links strongly to the National Curriculum and incorporates Mind friendly Learning techniques. French is taught as a discrete subject and we follow the sequence of units from the scheme, as these follow a progressive sequence of vocabulary, skills and knowledge. However, links are made with seasonal themes and a small number of lessons may therefore deviate from the sequence to exploit opportunities to learn about and compare celebrations and traditions.
Aside from the scheme, a wider range of resources are used where appropriate, to ensure there is a rich and varied coverage of the language and to achieve maximum engagement and enjoyment. Each lesson, the children will have the opportunity to recap known vocabulary, learn new vocabulary, practise spoken French with a partner and build their phonic knowledge. As the children progress through the school, they also develop their ability to read and write in French. Lessons are interactive, engaging and fun. The children learn to sing songs and play games in French, as well as holding simple conversations with their peers. Outside of the French lesson, class teachers reinforce basics such as numbers, days of the week, greetings and simple instructions Where the subject is taught by someone other than the class teacher, suggestions are made for aspects of learning that can be reinforced and practised at times outside the French lesson.