French at St. Patrick's
At St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, we want every child to be happy and enthusiastic learners of French, and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their God-given talents. We firmly believe that the recipe for success is high quality teaching and learning in French, which is central to the life of our happy, caring school.
Across Key Stage 2, we aim to ensure that all children can learn and develop their key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing French by teaching a broad range of skills taken from the National Curriculum.
Each child has their own exercise book for the purpose of developing their linguistic skills and showcasing their learning, development and understanding.
Children learn vocabulary that is linked to basic, every day greetings / conversational language as well as links to 'vehicles for learning' that enrich their understanding of key skills within the language. All children have the opportunity to learn about France in general with our Cultural Capital fun facts at the start of most French lessons.
We use an approach whereby we teach speaking and listening one week for 30 minutes, then the following week we teach reading and writing for 30 minutes. This ensures the children have a good balance over a fortnight of the four main skills needed to learn French.
Key Topics for Each Year Group
What do our pupils say about their MFL learning?
Year 3 - 'I like learning French through the fun games Miss Hough teaches us to play and I like listening to the stories she reads to us in French.'
Year 4 - 'We have been practicing how to use grammar correctly, especially when linked to masculine and feminine nouns. I enjoy learning through the songs that Miss Hough teaches us.'
Year 5 - 'I love it in French when we practise speaking out loud and pronouncing different words. My favourite lesson was when we had to write sentences to describe the planets in a variety of ways, we learnt how to use the words 'parce que', 'mais', 'assez' and 'très' to extend our sentences.'
Year 6 - 'I have enjoyed my French learning this year because we practice saying things out loud as well as written down. I like listening to how words are pronounced properly before attempting to say it myself. It is nice to learn a different language because if we visit a French speaking country, we can try and speak French.'
Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum
Languages Curriculum Progression
French at home
There are lots of ways you can still learn French from the comfort of your own home! Here are some links and ideas that you can access!
www.french-games.net This website is fantastic for free, interactive games and resources for French- some of which we have used in lessons! There are so many different activities on here which cover some of the topics you have learnt about across Key Stage 2- have a look!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/ This website has got lots of different aspects of French that you can go over- there's even links on here to French TV shows and radio stations- take a look!
https://www.duolingo.com/learn This website is great for looking at what you already know in French. You can complete interactive quizzes that go up in difficulty depending on your answers- Miss Hough tried it and it was very fun!
https://www.fluentin3months.com/french-for-kids/ This website is great for the whole family to access. There are links to French songs, stories, games and even cartoons!