Modern Foreign Languages
As part of the National Curriculum 2014, learning a modern foreign language has become a requirement for children within KS2. In response, Half Acres has made the decision to teach French across KS2.
- At Half Acres we are determined to develop children’s experience of language acquisition and encourage curiosity about languages, beginning with English. In Key Stage 2 we aim to develop their understanding of what they hear and read, and have an ability to express themselves in speech and writing within another language. We follow a programme designed to extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences between French and English.
The National Curriculum for languages, which is followed in our school, aims to ensure that all pupils:
- • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion
- and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
- • Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
- • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in French.
- Each class has a timetabled lesson each week. French can also be revisited in short sessions throughout the week to consolidate knowledge and ensure new language is retained. French lessons provide a variety of sources to model the language, use games and songs to maximise enjoyment and make as many connections to real life situations as possible. Lessons focus on speaking and listening. However, when appropriate, children record written work in books, which are passed through the years and become a portfolio of their learning journey.
Leaders ensure the impact of French across school provides a positive experience for all children in terms of outcomes and personal / social development through classroom observations and pupil interviews. Data is also analysed by the subject leader. Data from summer 2016 / 2017 showed that the majority of pupils in KS2 are working at a standard appropriate to meet age related expectations at the end of KS2.
- • French is taught in a whole-class setting, by the class teacher, following the Jolie Ronde scheme for French. The lessons are designed to
- motivate children from the first moment and are initially mainly practical in focus. They have clear, achievable objectives and incorporate different
- learning styles. SEN children have access to the curriculum through variation of task, grouping or support from an adult.
- • Teaching is in line with the recommendations laid out in the National Curriculum, with modifications in place which allow for the individual needs of
- the children, including opportunities for greater depth learning.