'Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world’ (National Curriculum 2014 Programme of Study for Languages).
Here, at St James School, we want all of our learners to open their minds to different languages, countries and cultures. One way we can do this is to provide all of our children with a high-quality education in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL). The language we teach in KS2 is French. By the end of their primary education journey, our pupils will have opportunities to speak, read and write in French along with developing their cultural-awareness of the country.
At St James Primary School, we will develop in our pupils a love for language learning through exploring a range of stories, songs, games and rhymes in French. A high-quality MFL curriculum fosters our pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. The teaching will enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It will also provide opportunities for children to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language.
As children begin their KS2 journey, they have weekly French lessons using the Language Magnet scheme of work.
Clear progression in the coverage of the curriculum can be seen and teachers tailor planning to meet the needs of their children. Progress is monitored regularly by teachers, as well as the subject lead and examples of children’s work are displayed on a dedicated language board in each classroom. Each child has a MFL book where work is kept.
Each term, pupils in KS2 enjoy a ‘French Culture’ afternoon as follows:
Being a tourist in France!
Label a map of France with the most popular places for tourists to visit and produce an accompanying ‘key’ with details about each destination.
French artist study – Claude Monet and recreate a painting/collage of the bridge over a pond of water lilies (using masking tape for the bridge).
French food tasting – baguette, croissant, pain au chocolat, cheeses (Brie, Camembert), quiche Lorraine, French onion soup, pate, pancakes etc.
The Tour de France.
French music – historic and current.
Education – how is it different?
French fashion and its influence on the world e.g. Chanel, Dior, YSL etc.
French artist study – Henri Matisse and recreate a painting of ‘the woman with a hat’.
French food – in groups, prepare and make a Boeuf Bourguignon to be cooked in the slow cooker the following day and eaten with bread for lunch.
French history with a focus on Bastille Day.
Les Miserables – story outline, film excerpts, songs from the musical etc.
What is France famous for? Include inventions, discoveries, achievements, significant individuals etc.
- Speaking and listening activities
- Role play
- Writing opportunities (pupil folders)
- Progressive knowledge of word classes and masculine/feminine forms
Schemes of Work
- Language Magnet – core scheme
EYFS and KS1
- Learning about cultures and traditions from around the world e.g. Chinese New Year and Diwali etc.
- French ‘culture’ afternoons (one per term)