Why is your subject important? - Why learn French?
As we are so close to France, just one of the 21 French speaking countries in the world, learning French will give our children a relevant, broad and vibrant curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. Our goal is for them to be passionate, curious and confident about their own foreign language learning abilities, equipping our pupils for language learning beyond the junior school and as a foundation for learning other languages.
By the end of Year 6
By the end of Year 6 our pupils will have had the opportunity to engage in a variety of interesting and useful topics. They will be able to:
Understand and respond to spoken and written language.
Speak with increasing confidence.
Write at varying lengths
Develop an appreciation for a range of writing.
How is French taught?
French is taught once a week, in a 40 minute lesson. It is taught by a Solent Junior School Teacher who teaches all of the school’s lessons. It is inclusive of all abilities and taught in a fun, interactive way, using games, pupil flash cards, interactive white board material, differentiated worksheets, surveys, role play activates, songs and paired work.
The French long-term plan makes good use of the Language Angel Scheme and materials. This includes games and songs that the children can access from home, using their personal login and user name. Scores and timings from the games can be seen and celebrated by their French teacher in school. The children are shown how to log in at school.
Each year group will have opportunities to engage in at least one French cultural experience, for example the Year 3s learn why French people wear a Cornflower when we wear a Poppy on Remembrance Day. There is also a French food opportunity for Year 3s—and Ice Cream role play and Year 6s—a French breakfast role play. Once in Year 6, our pupils also have the opportunity of writing to a French Pen pal buddy throughout the year, in English and French.