Modern Foreign Languages
At Peover Superior we recognise the importance and benefits of learning a Modern Foreign Language. We believe children should have the opportunity to learn about, and foster an interest in, another language and culture, other than their own. This will enable them to develop personal qualities, skills, knowledge and understanding, make a major contribution to their communication and literacy skills and raise awareness of other cultures. We also believe that exposing a child to a foreign language at a young age helps with their pronunciation and intonation, along with giving them a better understanding of their own language and potentially making them more receptive to learning other languages later in life.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using a variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- Discover and develop and appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied
- Discover and appreciate the language within the wider world
Pupils should 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 what 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 carefully
- 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 and the conjunction of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these for instance to build sentences; and how these are different or similar to English.
French is taught weekly from Reception to Year 6, although it is only statutory from Year 3. The children will be taught in a variety of ways; songs, rhymes, games, role play etc.. to develop a love of languages.
You can download the document at the bottom of this page for details of our French Curriculum Long Term Plan.