|All pupils at St George & St Martin’s Catholic Academy have the right to a rich and deep learning experience that includes the learning of the basics of an additional language. The study of Languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English. Language learning provides an opening to other cultures. Pupils use language to communicate information responsibly and creatively; learning how to use languages to enable access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures across our school and wider demographic. In addition, understanding a modern foreign language increases a child’s understanding of their own language, and the building blocks which form this. The process of learning a foreign language reinforces fluency and understanding of grammar, syntax, sentence structure and verbal precision. Increased capability in the use of languages can also promote initiative and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.
We teach a curriculum that enables our pupils to become effective users of language, and show an understanding and respect of different cultures in our local, national and global communities.
Through the teaching of French at St George & St Martins Catholic Academy, we aim to:
|Teachers plan for the teaching and learning of French on a termly and weekly basis supported by comprehensive scheme of work – Monkseaton French – which covers all aspects of the MFL curriculum: speaking, listening, reading, writing and cultural understanding, and progresses these skills and knowledge throughout Key Stage 2. Activities can consist of actions, rhymes, stories, song, drama, grammar focus, video clips, air writing, sentence structure, dictionary work, book making and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.
Teachers and pupils use French in daily routines, for example, through answering the register.
Alongside this, Pupils in upper Key Stage 2 also have the opportunity of an overseas educational visit to France, where they have the opportunity to put their acquired language knowledge and skills into action.
|Our MFL curriculum is fun and enjoyed by learners, well-resourced and planned to demonstrate progression through Key Stage 2. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through:
|Progression in Foreign Language knowledge, concepts and skills||Year 3/4||Year 5/6|
Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
|Name and describe people, a place and an object.
Have a short conversation, saying 3 to 4 things.
Give response using a short phrase.
Start to speak, using a full sentence.
|Hold a simple conversation with at least 4 exchanges.
Use knowledge of grammar to speak correctly.
Listen and understand a range of familiar statements and familiar questions
|Understand short passages made up of familiar language.
Understand instructions, messages and dialogues within short passages.
Identify and note the main points and give a personal response on a passage.
|Understand longer passages made up of familiar language in simple sentences.
Understand instructions, messages and dialogues within longer passages.
Identify the main points and some details in spoken passages made up of familiar material from various contexts
develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
|Read and understand a short passage using familiar language.
Explain the main points in a short passage.
Read a passage independently.
Use a bilingual dictionary or glossary to look up new words
|Understand a short story or factual text and note the main points.
Use the context to work out unfamiliar words.
broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
|Write phrases from memory.
Write 2-3 short sentences on a familiar topic.
Write what they like/dislike about a familiar topic
|Write a paragraph of 4-5 sentences.
Substitute words and phrases.