Modern Foreign Languages (French) at St Giles
At St Giles, we endeavour to teach our children a rich and progressive curriculum, which is inclusive of every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Languages, encouraging pupils’ curiosity, deepen their understanding of the world and enable them to:
- Understand and respond to spoken and written language.
- Speak with increasing confidence and fluency, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
- Write at varying length, for different audiences and purposes, using a variety of grammatical structures.
- Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
We want children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning French, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future. We aim to deliver a high-quality languages education, which should enable pupils to express their ideas and opinions, understand and respond in speech and writing and communicate for practical purposes. Language teaching should provide the foundation for further learning of languages. Children should:
- Listen to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
- Explore and appreciate the patterns and sounds of the language through stories, songs, poems and rhymes.
- Speak in sentences, engage in conversations, present ideas and information orally and develop accurate pronunciation and intonation.
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
- Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words.
- Write phrases from memory and adapt these to create new sentences.
- Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in French, we are implementing a curriculum that is progressive throughout Key Stage 2. Children at St Giles follow CGP’s Salut! scheme of work which is based on National Curriculum entitlements, although this is also supplemented by other approaches.
- Staff follow the recommended programme of study as outlined in the knowledge and skills progression document.
- Staff ensure that the key knowledge and vocabulary receives the appropriate coverage within each unit of work.
- Teaching should provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language to lay the foundation for further language teaching.
- The focus of study is on practical communication.
- Quizzes and recall activities are planned into the timetable to ensure children’s learning is retained.
- Learning is adapted to make it as accessible as possible for SEND pupils.
If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Pupil discussions about their learning.
- By analysing children’s written work and matching this to the key knowledge that they need to remember at each stage of their learning, based on planning overviews.
- An understanding in pupils of how each unit of work links to another.
- Regular quizzes and recall sessions.
- Assessed reflection of standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
At St Giles, we strive to ensure that children are equipped with knowledge and skills that enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.