At St John's CE (VC) Primary School we want every child to be an enthusiastic learner of French and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their God-given talents. We firmly believe that the recipe for success is high-quality first-wave teaching in French, which is central to the life of our happy, caring school.
Intent – What we are trying to achieve
- Our principal aim is that children see learning a foreign language as an enjoyable, relevant, ongoing process and not a one-off event.
- Children will meet the National Curriculum expectations in French.
- All Key Stage 2 children will study French (including Intercultural links teaching)..
Scheme of Learning
The Scheme of Learning follows the National Curriculum.
- The scheme we use is Language Angels.
- It allows for appropriate sequencing and aims to secure long-term memory as well as the enjoyment of learning a MFL. An overview of the scheme can be found below.
- The key areas of speaking and listening, reading and writing, and grammar are developed throughout KS2 in order to prepare children for their secondary education.
Implementation – How do we translate our vision into practice?
- Carefully designed schemes of learning in French ensure consistency and progress of all learners.
- Success criteria in every French lesson are set in order to guide children to achieve their potential.
- This ensures work is demanding and matches the aims of the curriculum. Where necessary, staff will receive training in French.
High-quality teaching responds to the needs of children. Spaced learning is a key focus of all formative and summative assessments with teachers actively marking work in lessons in order to identify misconceptions early. An assessment grid is used to formally record an overview of the progress of each child.
Impact – What is the impact of our curriculum on the students?
- Children of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well in French, reflected in a clear learning journey. Children talk enthusiastically about their learning in French and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education.
- Through wider reading and experiences in French, children will gain an appreciation and understanding of the country and some of its historical links to other parts of the world and historical events.