Le français à Stonebow
Learning a foreign language enables children to develop their skills of communication and understanding of how language works as well as broadening their minds to help them to learn more about the world around them and the different cultures within it, giving an international dimension to their learning.
By studying a foreign language at primary school children acquire the skills which lay the foundations for future language learning at secondary level.
Our main aim is that all children have lots of fun learning a new language! In doing so they will become increasingly familiar with the sounds and written forms of French, develop language skills and language-learning skills, understand and communicate with confidence in a new language, make comparisons between French and English, increase their cultural understanding, use their knowledge with growing confidence and competence to understand what they hear and read and express themselves confidently in speech and writing.
Previous to September 2015 pupils were taught Spanish. As from September 2015 all pupils in KS1 and KS2 are taught French. These lessons are delivered by a qualified language teacher as part of the provision for pupils during their teachers’ PPA time. In KS1 and Lower KS2 the children have one, 45 minute session of French per week across three half terms. In Upper KS2 the children have one, 45 minute session in two out of every threee weeks.
In KS1 French is mainly taught through songs, rhymes and games, often with a story as a stimulus or running theme.
In KS2 French is again taught through songs and games sometimes with a story as a running theme. However, within these years there is also an increased focus on reading and writing, particularly in Upper KS2.
In both key stages, links are consistently made to the ‘sounds’ of the French language through the teaching of French phonics. This is intended to encourage correct pronunciation and a more confident approach to reading unfamiliar words.
The teaching of French at Stonebow is very cross-curricular, linking to Literacy, Maths, Geography, History, Art, RE and Citizenship.
Over the course of KS1 and KS2 children cover topics such as greetings, numbers, colours, days of the week, months of the year, family, animals, body parts, likes and dislikes and hobbies.