At Swaffield School we teach French from Year 3 to Year 6.
Our intent when teaching French reflects the National Curriculum’s belief that we can liberate our children from insularity and provide an opening to other cultures. We intend to give a language education that will foster our pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. They should be able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language whilst understanding, and responding to, its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We intend to provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read literature in the original language. We hope that, by learning a language, our children will be inspired to learn further languages thereby equipping them with the means to widen their horizons, leading, in the future, to study and work in other countries.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to develop children's skills in French through a series of lessons. Children start learning French in Year 3 and progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences. We follow the scheme ‘La Jolie Ronde’.
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. We use pupil voice, learning walks and book scrutiny to measure and monitor the impact of the French curriculum on pupils.