Subject Aims

The teaching of French at Ark Blacklands provides children with the opportunity to develop an interest in learning about other languages and cultures in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts. We aim to lay strong foundations for future language learning.

Curriculum Implementation

At Ark Blacklands Primary, we have high expectations for our children’s learning and want them to develop strong skills in languages so they can flourish at secondary school and beyond. During the academic year 2022-23 we will introduce our new French curriculum, covering all National Curriculum skills content in each year group, to ensure a strong foundation on which to progressively build over the next four years. Over this time, our curriculum will aim to transform our children from beginners to intermediate and then proficient language learners able to cope with an ambitious KS3 curriculum.

Curriculum Approach

At Ark Blacklands, our pupils begin weekly focussed French lessons of approximately 25 minutes in Year 3,4,5 and 6. The teaching of French is supported by resources from and Physical French Phonics. The use of these resources ensures that children and staff are exposed to correct pronunciation and intonation from native speakers. Staff further support the delivery of the languages curriculum by providing incidental opportunities (e.g. taking the register in French, quick quizzes) between the weekly lessons.

In the classroom:

• interactive whiteboard presentations and activities provide children with accurate pronunciation

• displays are used to remind children of key vocabulary

• practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall

• visual prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary

• word mats are available for children to have out on desks to support their learning and recap previous learning

• where staff feel confident, instructions are given in French to expose children to the language as much as possible and in day-to-day contexts

• overtime, children are expected to use an increasing amount of French in day-to-day contexts during lessons.

To further embed our language teaching, we also encourage children and parents to learn together at home using their school laptop, together they can confidently complete activities on the language learning platform

Finally, as an inclusive school, Ark Blacklands values difference and diversity within our school community and the wider world. Whilst our curriculum provides an opportunity to make substantial progress in one language, teaching staff will also try to foster an interest and love for learning languages by celebrating home languages and/or exploiting links when they occur naturally in the curriculum.

Our French curriculum is delivered within the context of our school ‘Habits of Success’: Responsibility, Courage, Independence, Curiosity, Determination, Aspiration and Resilience.

Every child – without exception – can learn a language at Ark Blacklands. Work is differentiated to meet the individual needs of children and pair and group work is organised in different ways according to the needs of the children and the collaborative task.

Developing Skills:

Our MFL curriculum, designed in consultation with the Head of French at the local secondary school, aims to progressively develop children’s skills in French as they move forward through Key Stage 2, in preparation for Key Stage 3 and beyond. Over time, children acquire, use, and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, grammar and phonics knowledge, organised around topics.

Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. Children will be taught to look for patterns in languages and reading skills will be taught explicitly to enable children to decode and comprehend unfamiliar French language in familiar texts. As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences and transfer language learnt in one context to another.

Curriculum Impact:

The progressive and sequential spiral curriculum is designed to produce confident and enthusiastic language learners, who can retrieve a good range of vocabulary, decode and use a range of reading skills to understand information written in French in familiar texts and manipulate the language to communicate ideas, ask and answer questions and express opinions.

Regular exposure to the language in class, with opportunities for formative assessment at the beginning and end of lessons, and encouragement to continue learning at home - using good quality online resources - provides the children with the greatest opportunity to acquire and retain the language learnt to the best of their ability. Thus, providing a strong foundation to be built upon at Key Stage 3.

Further Curriculum Development:

The subject lead for French at Ark Blacklands will evaluate the scheme of work regularly in consultation with teaching staff and children.

Training needs will be recognised and acted upon so that every member of staff feels confident to deliver the curriculum with enthusiasm.

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