In our school MFL (French) is taught weekly in Key Stage Two by a language specialist and practised during the week with the class teachers. Children are encouraged to listen carefully and repeat vocabulary using games, songs and film clips. They are then introduced to the vocabulary in writing and encouraged to use the vocabulary both orally and in writing using reference materials. Over time children are encouraged to write familiar words from memory and using their phonological and grammatical knowledge Children learn about life in France and other francophone countries, developing their intercultural understanding of traditions, food and other customs. Children are introduced to stories, plays and poems in French and perform these either as a class or in groups.
Children take part in a French day and are encouraged to order their breakfast in French and make cross curricular links by looking at French artists, history and famous landmarks. During the afternoon they take part in a carousel of activities including dance, games and playing boules. This year we were supported by members of the twinning association. We are hoping to develop a link with a school in our twin town of Champagne-sur-Oise.
You can support your child’s development in French by encouraging them to share their weekly learning with you and by reinforcing learning through websites and apps.
Babelzone – please ask the teacher for the login
Alain du lait – songs
Apps Jo in Paris