At St Luke’s we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
The intention of our French curriculum is to develop and further enhance an interest in and thirst for learning other languages. We aim to introduce the learning of the French language and the understanding of its culture in enjoyable and stimulating ways. We hope to build children’s confidence in the essential skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing in tandem with key phonetic and grammatical knowledge. Learning is delivered through progressive units of study based on topics of interest providing opportunities to use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary. We aim to build the children’s ‘culture capital’ so that they are aware of similarities and differences between cultures. In short, we hope to lay the foundations for future language learning.
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RECOVERY CURRICULUM – COVID 19 (September 2021 latest update)
Throughout school closures, we endeavoured to provide continuity in French provision by providing weekly Zoom sessions across KS2. During the subsequent 2020-2021 academic year, the challenges for language practitioners were many and we recognise that learning will have been lost due to the pandemic. Due to this, we are re-teaching the summer term topic to Years 4, 5 and 6 from the previous year to try and prevent substantial gaps from forming.
Since the start of the new academic year in September 2021, our aim is to renew pupils’ enthusiasm for learning French. Whilst covid restrictions were in place, children were unable to learn French through the means of singing. Repetitive patterns in song lyrics help pupils memorise words and expressions much more effectively than via speaking practice alone. Through music, we hope to build pupils’ vocabulary hoard.
Equally, we have also reintroduced collaborative group work into our sessions. This gives children the opportunity to discuss their ideas with others and participate in activities where they can learn from their peers.