St John Fisher Catholic Primary School
French: Curriculum Statement
Learning a foreign language is part of the primary National Curriculum and is a requirement for all children within Key Stage 2. At St John Fisher Catholic Primary School, we offer a Catholic Education to all of our children and we understand the importance of being able to articulate one`s thoughts not only in the mother tongue but also in other languages. We are very fortunate that in our school many of our pupils arrive in Reception being able to speak and understand other languages. We wish to capitalise on this currency and we begin to teach French in Year 3. We believe that it has never been more important to equip our pupils to be world citizens and to support their transition to secondary school. We believe that the learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our children and this results in them being culturally literate individuals with social competence. Our provision fosters children's curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. We encourage children to express their opinions, ideas, their feelings, engage in conversations, ask and answer questions and show their understanding through verbal and written responses. Exploring the patterns and sounds of language through songs, poems, games and rhymes, linking the spelling, sound and meaning of words all this supports learning in an enjoyable way and ensures that our children are masters of the core skills in French. Teaching French also provides an awareness of the culture, its language, literature, music and art.
- We follow La Jolie Ronde scheme of work for the Year groups’ three to five. We also supplement this with the Primary French Project, which is an excellent recognised language support package, and this year we have incorporated the Physical Phonics scheme.
- We strongly believe in cross curriculum links; two African French Poets are studied and we have completed an art project with the French Institute. Daily prayers, which are so important in our school life, are often said in French and we are developing a French School library.
- We provide a variety of rich experiences, including an annual French play.
- Our strong relationship with The Sacred Heart School in Wealdstone means that older pupils from this secondary school come and teach motivating lessons to Year 5 and 6 children for three weeks. The Sacred Heart students also lead an assembly.
- We continually look at the Ofsted guidance and understand the importance of giving children the opportunities of letting them use the language creatively.
- We are aware of the importance of revisiting learning from previous years and we constantly challenge the children by adding more depth and difficulty to the sentence structure. This is seen very clearly in our provision map of our progress of skills document.
Children will enjoy French lessons and understand the importance of learning languages. Through learning French at St John Fisher, children will develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, demonstrating their use of the three pillars of language learning:
Phonics: This enables children to develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
Vocabulary: Children learn familiar words and phrases which they can use in a variety of contexts. They also recognise root words and cognates to help them appreciate the similarities between French and English.
Grammar: This underpins all areas of language learning and enables children to express themselves with greater accuracy and spontaneity, leading to more independence in structuring their own sentences.
While learning French, children will also become aware of the country’s rich culture and history. This will make our pupils into more tolerant, empathetic and culturally literate individuals. Our aspiration is that each pupil will go on to learn many other languages and truly become citizens of the world.
Our French teacher is Madame Kane
The Leader for French is Rosemary Wells.