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French Curriculum Design

Intent

At Hugo Meynell, we want to develop the teaching and learning of French across the school in a fun way, preparing children for opportunities in French speaking countries and to become confident global citizens.

We believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with an aim of making substantial progress in one language. In addition, children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for further language learning in future.

We believe that learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.

Implementation

We have chosen to teach French as our modern foreign language as our subject leader is a language specialist. In addition to this, our Year 4 children have a week’s residential in France, providing them with an opportunity to experience the country’s culture as well as practically use their language acquisition.

Our French curriculum, using the online scheme ‘Language Angels’, is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in languages, through regular taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. All of these approaches help to equip our children with the skills to be confident global citizens.

The teaching of French is monitored by the subject leader throughout all year groups, using a variety of strategies such as book scrutinises, lesson observations, staff discussions and pupil interviews.  Feedback is given to teachers and leaders use the information to see if the children know more and remember more. The children’s progress is assessed termly, using the Language Angels online tracking system.

Impact

Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the National Curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures.