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Learning French at Killinghall


The French Curriculum

At Killinghall Primary School we choose to teach French in KS2. As many of our children are already bi-lingual they enjoy this new challenge.  By teaching French we provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping our students to study and work in other countries especially Europe.

The teaching will provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and will lay foundations for further foreign language teaching at KS3.  It will enable pupils to understand and to communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structure and vocabulary.

Our curriculum is very practical, pupils will be taught to:-

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • Engage in conversations, ask and answer questions, express opinions and respond to those of others, seek clarification and help
  • Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems, and rhymes in the language
  • Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.
  • Write phrases from memory and adapt these to create new sentences to express ideas clearly
  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.
  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant) feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs.  To understand key features and patterns of the language and how to apply these for instance to build sentences and how these differ from or are similar to English

These studies are supported by our annual residential visit to France (click here to view the photographs from our most recent trip to France).

Although Cynthia uses many of her own exciting resources, we do use the structure of the Light Bulb Languages scheme of work for Years 3-6.

For more information about all the schemes of work and what is studied in each year group, please click here to visit the Light Bulb Languages website.

Year 5 children practising their French

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