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Lowton West Primary School

 

Foreign Languages at Lowton West: French

 

The 2014 National Curriculum introduces compulsory teaching and learning of a foreign language across Key Stage 2. Learning a foreign language is an important life skill and provides an opening to other cultures. Although pupils may explore a bank of vocabulary from a wide range of languages during their topic work, our foreign language curriculum focuses on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language - French. Here at Lowton West, French has been the main foreign language taught for many years. Through our French curriculum, we aim to create able linguists who can express their ideas and thoughts in another language. We want them to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. The French curriculum also provides opportunities for pupils to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read literature published in the original language. Language teaching will provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and will lay the foundation for our pupils’ learning of further languages, equipping pupils for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3.

Through our teaching of French across KS2, we aim for our pupils to:

  • Speak the French language with confidence, good intonation and pronunciation.
  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • Develop a strong awareness of the countries where French is spoken.
  • Develop the ability to use language creatively spontaneously.
  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others.
  • Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences, including peers and parents.
  • Have fluency when reading, reading carefully and showing an understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes written in French.
  • Have fluency and imagination in writing, writing phrases from memory, and adapting these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearl
  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including the feminine and masculine forms; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.

Although the teaching of a foreign language is not compulsory at Key Stage 1 in the new national curriculum, pupils in Key Stage 1 will be exposed to a range of languages and will begin to learn simple words and phrases in French, in preparation for Key Stage 2. The whole school participates in an annual French day during which the children learn about the country, culture and language of the French people. Wigan has been twinned with the French town of Angers, which is located in North West France. Here at Lowton West we are lucky to be twinned with a school in Angers. This allows pupils to share information and correspondence with pupils in France, gaining first-hand knowledge of what life is like for young people of the same age. In May, we were also involved in the Kermesse Festival, where Year 4 pupils performed a choreographed dance piece to other schools involved in the Twinning Project.

The school’s French scheme of work allows for pupils to learn progressively and develop language skills throughout Key Stage 2.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 3

Moi

(All About Me)

 

Jeux et chansons (Games and songs)

On fait la fête (Celebrations)

 

Portraits

Les quatre amis

(The four friends)

 

Ça pousse!

(Growing Things)

Year 4

On y va

(All Aboard)

 

L’argent de poche (Pocket money)

Raconte-moi une histoire!

(Tell me a story!)

 

Vive le sport! (Our sporting lives)

Le Carnaval des animaux

(Carnival of the Animals)

 

Quel temps fait-il? (What’s the weather like?)

Year 5

Bon appétit

(Enjoy your meal)

Packed lunches

Foods/drinks

Food likes and dislikes

Express likes and dislikes about food in longer sentences

En route pour l’école

(On the way to school)

 

Specialist teacher from Golborne High.

Les planètes

(The planets)

Good for your health

Longer sentences about healthy foods.

Celebrations

Compare British and French celebrations.

 

Specialist teacher from Golborne High.

 

Food for a celebration.

For children to follow a recipe (instructional text) in French.

Pizza time

Children to follow a more detailed recipe.

 

Les quatre saisons

(The four seasons)

 

Specialist teacher from Golborne High.

Year 6

Notre école

(Our School)

 

Notre monde – Our World

 

Monter un café (Creating a café)

conversational phrases for ordering food and drinks in a café – role play

Au parc d’attractions (Creating a café)

(At the theme park)

 

Quoi de neuf?

(What’s in the news?)

Slag Lane, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 2ED

01942 724865

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