FRENCH AT ALL SAINTS PRIMARY SCHOOL
Subject Teacher Madame Delyfer
BIENVENUE À TOUS!
10 REASONS WHY LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE IS IMPORTANT!
Learning a language…
1. Improves your grasp of English.
2. Enhances your confidence.
3. Gives you a wider understanding of world affairs.
4. Widens your career / job options.
5. Improves international relations.
6. Makes travelling easier and more enjoyable.
7. Connects the world and promotes peace.
8. Helps you make friends in new countries.
9. Shows you are open minded and tolerant.
10.Boosts brain power.
Don't they all speak English?
Spanish and Chinese are also fast-growing world languages - and "International-English" is not the same as UK-English. In most Western European countries, a majority of people still do not speak English - and if you want to communicate with them effectively, it's better to know something of their own language. Remember the saying, "you can buy from foreigners with English, and if you want to sell to them, you need to speak their language."
Links across the curriculum
Learning something of any language and culture offers many cross-curricular opportunities in the primary classroom for work in geography, history, art, music - a European dimension, and often a world dimension too.
Spanish and Portuguese are widely spoken in Latin America.
German is spoken in Austria and Switzerland - and is a common second language in Eastern Europe.
French is spoken in many Africa countries, Canada, Polynesia and some West Indian islands.
Holiday & leisure opportunities to speak and listen to other languages?
France, Germany and Spain are less than two hours flying time away, and many of your class will spend family holidays in Europe. Many towns in UK have links with European towns through twinning and exchange programmes. You may have access to satellite and cable TVs that carry French-, German- or Spanish-speaking channels.
Your class may well know the names of several European football teams - there could be a French-, German, or Spanish-speaking player in your local team...
Business links with your local community?
Businesses in your area may have links with French-, German- or Spanish-speaking countries. So there are likely to be native-speakers in your community who might be persuaded to give your children a chance to practice speaking and listening to their language.
Check out your local supermarkets and shopping centres for goods from Europe....
NATIONAL CURRICULUM OBJECTIVES
Within the 4 attainment skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing, pupils should be taught to…
Development plans for French
There are key areas for the development of French throughout the school. Some of the current initiatives taking place this year include:
At the end of each lesson (RAG assessment)
PLANNING IN LIGHT OF THE KEY CHANGES IN THE FRAMEWORK FOR LANGUAGES
The specificity of All Saints teaching of a foreign language is the inclusion of French lessons beyond the required KS2 initiative [a foreign language became a statutory subject for KS2 from September 2014].
French at All Saints is timetabled from FS all the way up to end of KS2. This provides ampler flexibility within the programme to tailor it to the needs of each phase and more opportunities to cover the required themes suggested in the Foreign Language Curriculum.
At All Saints Primary School, both reception classes are currently being taught French through songs and games thanks to a singing scheme called ‘CHANTEZ PLUS FORT’ and ‘SINGING FRENCH’.
Chantez Plus Fort! Is a scheme of work containing 20 easy-to-learn French songs written specifically to help children to learn French. They are linked to some of the KS2 Programmes of Study for modern foreign languages but are also relevant for pupils in KS1 and KS2, especially those with special needs.
The songs introduce and reinforce key vocabulary for popular topics, such as:
Whilst enjoying the songs children will broaden their vocabulary and hone their listening skills and pronunciation.
‘Chantez plus fort’ contains 20 songs sung by French children and mini-dialogues which can be used for listening comprehension and role-plays.
Singing French! is collection of fun songs and chants for practising vocabulary and phrases when learning French. Its catchy songs and chants help pupils memorise the words, and the upbeat backing tracks will appeal to FS as well as KS1 and 2. ‘Singing French’ makes learning easy and achievable through a clever use of repetition, rhythm and melody.
Singing French topics list:
KS1 and LKS2
At All Saints Primary School, we are currently using ‘EARLY START 1 SALUT’ for all KS1 and LKS2 pupils.
This scheme of work and its films will help young beginners enjoy their first steps in Primary French and finding out about everyday life in France. The videos bring authentic French voices right into the classroom and provide ample opportunities to converse.
TOPICS COVERED IN EARLY START 1 ‘SALUT’
Then UKS2 children move up to the EARLY START pack 2
EARLY START 2 ‘Où habites-tu?’ is a continuation scheme of work building on the language children have previously learned. EARLY START 2 helps stretch and extend young learners. They will find out more about everyday life and culture in France.
TOPICS COVERED IN PACK 2
KS1, LKS2 and UKS2
In addition to their topic approach to French through EARLY START lessons, All Saints children are taught French through a narrative approach using the unique resource of HOCUS AND LOTUS.
HOCUS ET LOTUS is a resource designed for young language learners. It consists of a series of stories based on the life of experience of children aged between 4 and 12 years. The stories are presented through a series of cartoons inviting the children to enter the make-believe world of Hocus and Lotus, two adorable Dinocrocs.
Children will join in at various levels:
THE INTRODUCTION OF A CURRICULUM CHALLENGE FOR FRENCH
The challenge each year will be introduced during a French assembly and a prize will be organised for each phase winner.