French at St Patrick's School
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 for MFL
Children develop their love of language learning and develop skills throughout their time in school.
In KS2, children are taught in weekly, 30- 40 minute lessons by class teachers using the Language Angels Scheme of Work. Cross-curricular units of work allow French to become embedded in children's learning. Language Angels is a live scheme which is continually updated and revised in order to meet with current curriculum standards and resource requirements. The content of the scheme is easily adapted to meet the needs of all our children. We acknowledge children’s different learning styles and our children learn through active participation in actions, rhymes, stories, song, grammar focus, video clips, sentence structure, dictionary work and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.
Our languages curriculum is reinforced through participation in 'La Fiestaval' an inter-schools language celebration and enrichment opportunities provided by Greenbank High School Language Leaders.
Impact of MFL
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 the develops year on year. They will be able to:
-The National Curriculum in England: Key stages 1 and 2 Framework Document. September 2013
What do the children think?
'I enjoy it so much because there are really fun activities to do'
Zack, Year 3.
'I like learning how to speak to someone in French and have a proper conversation'
Esme, Year 5.
Children also have access to the pupil games area -
Year 5 enjoyed an afternoon of French immersion activities with the Language Leaders from Greenbank High School. They learned lots about French food, clothes, landmarks and culture.