Modern Foreign Languages
At Kingsbury Episcopi Primary School, we believe that through high quality language teaching and learning, children will be able to foster curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. We strive to teach French in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating to lay the foundations for future language learning. As a school, we aim to embed listening, speaking, reading and writing skills that are needed to enable children to apply their learning in a variety of contexts. Through teaching French, we also introduce children to the country and culture of France. We help children grow in confidence through teaching new vocabulary alongside lots of reinforcement.
At KEPS, we aim for our children to have experienced different languages and for this to foster their curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.
Our French curriculum has been designed to develop children’s French skills progressively. In Lower Key Stage 2, the focus is on speaking and listening skills. In year 3, the children mainly acquire a wide bank of new vocabulary and concentrate on using this orally including in conversation with each other. As the children progress into year 4, they are able to apply this knowledge to reading and writing simple words as phrases as well as building on and reinforcing their vocabulary.
Within Upper Key Stage 2, as the children have more confidence with learning a language, we aim to give them the opportunity to develop their reading and writing skills further. In year 5, while still learning and reinforcing vocabulary through speaking and listening, the children are able to apply this to writing and reading basic sentences. In year 6, the children are able to deepen their understanding further by consolidating grammar concepts. By year 6, due to the progressive nature of our curriculum, the children are expected to be able to read and write basic French.
In the classroom, teachers use a range of teaching and learning activities to help the children develop their knowledge in French. These include:
- Singing songs to help memory and recall
- Playing games, both in small groups and whole class, to help memory and recall
- The children creating their own vocabulary word banks and word mats
- Using lots of visual prompts to help children remember vocabulary
- Displaying key vocabulary in the classroom
- Reading French stories alongside English versions.
As well as high quality French teaching in KS2, as a whole school we have a French day where children come dressed with a French theme. They are introduced to the culture, the food, where it is in the world as well as try some of the basic language.