At Saltersgate Junior School, we believe that learning a modern foreign language is vital as it gives children a good understanding of the structure of other languages and it allows them the opportunity to develop their cultural understanding. It can also support the children’s transition to secondary school where they will continue to learn a language.
At Saltersgate Junior School, our intent with modern foreign languages is that:
- learning a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils.
- it develops communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with an aim of making progress in one language.
- children’s knowledge of how a language works will be developed to lay the foundations for future language learning.
- learning another language will give children a broader perspective of the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others, which feeds into our focus on global learning.
We will implement our intent by:
- Children are taught French by their class teacher weekly and this learning is also reinforced outside the core lessons through cross-curricular l
- In order to support the progress our children make across KS2, we have formulated a progression map, which is focused on Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing and Grammar.
The teaching should provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at KS3. It should enable pupils to communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology grammatical structures and vocabulary.
The focus of study in modern foreign languages will be on practical communication. Pupils should:
- 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.
- Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.
- Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
- Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
- Appreciate stories, songs, poems and thymes in the language.
- Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.
- Write phrases from memory and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.
- Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.
- Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; 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.
Throughout school, the profile of languages will be strong and learning environments will display vocabulary that is used by all learners. French will be enjoyed by pupils and by teachers and impact will be measured through key questioning of skills across lessons; child-led assessment; and summative assessments.
French in Year 3
French in Year 4
French in Year 5
French in Year 6