Our children become independent, responsible and well-rounded in their understanding and use of French language and culture. As part of our school vision for our children to be well-rounded learners, they all learn to speak, listen to, read and write in the French language. We believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. In addition, children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for further language learning in future. We believe that learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others, building an appreciation and respect for the wider world.
We begin French lessons in Year 1. These lessons give children the opportunity to hear and imitate the sounds of a different language. They are encouraged to listen, speak and learn through practical activities. The topics studied are a starting point for the curriculum written for Key Stage 2. Simplified vocabulary and phrases are taught, supported with an introduction to French culture, geography and life.
Through Key Stage 2 the children build on the confidence they have gained speaking in order to build to short conversations. They learn to recognise the written word in and build to writing paragraphs in French. They further develop their knowledge of French culture, identifying similarities and differences with British culture.
We have developed a bespoke MFL curriculum to meet the needs of children at Kippax Greenfield. In developing this curriculum, we have utilised components of published MFL materials including Le Jolie Ronde resources. This scheme covers and enhances the National Curriculum 2014 Programme of Study.