MFL French at Primrose Hill
The ability to speak another language is a valuable skill. At Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School our aim is to create a keen interest in Modern Foreign Languages, French, as a whole, with a view of developing this further in the future. Although not compulsory In EYFS or KS1, we know that the ability to speak an additional language is increasingly important in today’s global society, opening up a whole new world of opportunities and possibilities. Therefore language learning is something that we offer to all our children right the way from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2. In EYFS, the children learn about people and communities as part of the Understanding the World area of learning. In KS1 the children will begin to build their French vocabulary, learning a range of new key words and phrases linked to topics, ensuring that learning is engaging and fun. We strive to deliver the foundations for relevant and engaging conversational French. Studies have proved that regularity and relevance are key to success in learning a foreign language and our programme of study reflects that. Focus is no longer on telling people what you did in the holidays or that you visited the park. At Primrose Hill, our learning reflects an updated, progressive approach, giving children the skills required to converse in a wide variety of situations. Our aim is to help pupils maximise their ability to communicate effectively with people from other countries and to understand their cultures, attitudes and customs.
The substantive knowledge strands within French are;
Children have weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2, using the resources and units of work from Language Angels, in addition to other resources. In Lower KS2, children acquire basic skills and understanding of French with a strong emphasis placed on developing their Speaking and Listening skills. These will be embedded and further developed in Upper KS2, alongside Reading and Writing, gradually progressing onto more complex language concepts. Through providing this, we hope to give them the appropriate communication tools, as well as preparing them for the high-school curriculum. It is intended that when children leave Primrose Hill Primary, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multilingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language.
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