Languages

Languages Statement Of Intent

At Shanklea Primary School we ensure that a high level of practical engagement inspires and challenges pupils to understand, speak, read and write in the modern French language. As pupils progress, they are encouraged to use their knowledge and taught vocabulary to understand and use the language in a wider context.

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written French from a variety of authentic sources.
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of French writing.

Subject Content:

Keystage 1

There is no compulsory teaching of an alternative language at Key Stage 1. However, at Shanklea Primary School, we recognise that children can often learn language readily at this age. We therefore provide this opportunity for learning using extra-curricular time in a fun and engaging French Club.

Keystage 2

At Shanklea Primary School, we have chosen French to enable pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The teaching provides a progressive, appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focusing on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. The focus of study in French is on practical communication.

Pupils are taught to:

  • listen attentively to the French 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 French.
  • 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 feminine and masculine 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.