Latest French News and Events at Frenchwood
Below are pictures of what French looks like at Frenchwood Community Primary School. Recently, year 5 children have been learning about the weather and using ICT so research what the weather is like in different regions of France. Whilst year 6 children have been using French dictionaries to develop their language skills.
At Frenchwood the children learn French as this supports their transition into our local high schools that also teach French. Lessons should teach children the skills needed to communicate confidently in French. Children should also be able to express their thoughts and ideas both in speech and writing. The children enjoy using ICT to support their learning including video stories, songs and games. The children have the opportunity to learn French vocabulary linked to a range of topics including daily routine, food and school. In upper key stage 2, the children have the opportunity to use Flash Academy at home which supports and develops their learning at home.
The Subject Leader
Bonjour, my name is Hannah Bull and I am the MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) subject leader at Frenchwood Primary School. I lead MFL as part of the Communication Collaborative. My mother lives in France, near to the city of Carcassonne, and has just celebrated 15 years of living in the country. She is fluent in French and would love to be Mayor St. Laurent de la Cabrerisse, the village that she lives in. I enjoy planning and teaching French to children in LKS2. We learn songs and stories and do lots of hand actions to help us remember the vocabulary. Year 5 and 6 are taught by very experienced Teaching Assistants who use lots of super resources to support teaching and learning. We always write the date in French to support learning of days and months and use French words to praise learning verbally and in books. The children like to learn about the geography and the culture in France and would like to celebrate a French day in school. Watch this space! Au Revoir.
French at Frenchwood - Progression
The objectives for MFL in KS2 are clearly set out for each year group in the National Curriculum:
Key Stage 2
Pupils should be taught about:
- 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*
- present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences*
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes 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