French Statement of Intent
At the Wye Federation French should be fully inclusive for every child. Our aims are to: fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for French, provide a broad and balanced curriculum, ensure the progressive development of knowledge and skills, enable children to listen, understand and converse through practical and written work, develop children’s competence and confidence in speaking and listening in French, acquire knowledge and become proficient in word and phrase recognition, pronunciation and fluency. Through the use of the software programme ‘Salut’, French–speaking experts, practical role-playing activities, games, songs, discussion, explanation and regular discrete use of French vocabulary, the children will build on these knowledge and skills. As each child’s understanding of the French language grows, they will develop an awareness of and proficiency in sound, vocabulary and phrase recognition, annunciation and comprehension of the French spoken and written word. The children will foster an appreciation of the French culture and way of life through the range of topics covered and designated ‘talking points’ in each session, along with a celebration of significant French individuals and cultural knowledge which will be incorporated into their learning to broaden their knowledge.
The teaching of French at the Wye Federation instils an appreciation and enjoyment of the modern foreign languages. The learning of French helps to stimulate language development, fluency and versatility. This in turn will enable children them to communicate with confidence and proficiency. The regular delivery of French promotes and an appreciation of the world in which we live and enables children to speak in a nativelike way. It also encourages cognitive advantages which follow from becoming bilingual. These include: the development of their reading skills; boosts in memory and the enrichment of their vocabulary along with building and keeping cultural connections with the world.
The aims of teaching French at the Wye Federation are:
French is taught as part of a weekly lesson and in regular discrete sessions, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. The French curriculum at the Wye Federation is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in Key Stage 2. In addition, Key Stage 1 children are introduced to simple French words and phrases to ensure familiarity and progression of skills. Teachers plan lessons for their class using our ‘Salut’ software programme and support the learning progression of knowledge and skills taught. A variety of teaching approaches are used based on the teacher’s judgement.
At the Wye Federation, we provide a variety of opportunities for the learning of French to take place. The children have opportunities to practise speaking French and learning about the French culture through specific days and French visitors to the school. Alongside our curriculum provision for French, we also provide all pupils with the opportunity to participate in French after school clubs. We strive to instil an appreciation and enjoyment of speaking French and its understanding its corresponding culture, thus enriching the children’s learning experience.