Through the study of a modern foreign language, children’s intercultural awareness is stimulated, leading to a curiosity and a deeper understanding of the world around them.
At Chiddingstone School, our French curriculum promotes global citizenship by incorporating teaching about cultures, communities and people in France and in French speaking countries across the world. Through experiencing this, and making comparisons, children gain a new insight into their own culture and society; they learn new ways of thinking, recognising that there are different ways of seeing and interpreting the world, developing a truly international outlook.
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 the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
• Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
At Chiddingstone School, pupils are taught to:
Our French curriculum is designed to be progressive, with fun and stimulating 45 minute weekly lessons for pupils in EYFS and Key Stage 1. A formal curriculum commences from Year 3 with hourly lessons covering the following core strands:
• Intercultural Awareness
In addition to lesson time with Mrs Glover, class teachers will work on regular practise throughout the week when appropriate. This may include calling the register in French, counting, singing Happy Birthday in French and other language skills that relate to class work.
The Chiddingstone School French curriculum is designed for pupils 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 when 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 clearly
• Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
• Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including: feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.