Modern Foreign Languages
Learning a language opens a world of new possibilities and opportunities. Through languages, we promote students’ curiosity, problem-solving skills and deepen their understanding, not only of their own identity and culture but also of other countries. We strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language. We help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills necessary to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for a love of future language learning.
Children learn to develop their love of learning a new language from Class 3 to Class 5.
Children are taught in weekly sessions by a specialist French teacher every other half term. The different topics covered in each Year group can be found on the MFL curriculum overview. Our children are taught through active participation in actions, games, rhymes, stories, songs, grammar foci, video clips, sentence structure and many more creative ways of using a foreign language to extend, embed and combine language skills.
The French curriculum will ensure that the pupils acquire and develop key learning skills. These are set out by the National Curriculum and shown through a number of ways. These are:
- Speaks, reads, writes and understands a complex sentence e.g. with a subordinate clause by manipulating language using a language scaffold or a bi-lingual dictionary
- Demonstrates a good grasp of the basic grammatical concepts encountered and applies them
- Engages in a short conversation using familiar language
- Pronounces some unfamiliar words in a sentence using phonic knowledge
- Follows and understands a song or story with more complex language
- Writes complex familiar sentences from memory with understandable accuracy.
At St.Joseph's the children learn French. The children participate in role play, learn about France and enjoy speaking another language. Hopefully if they visit France with you they will amaze you!