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Policy for French

Rationale: At Wybunbury Delves we aim to 'light the spark for a love of learning and of life' and feel that the learning of a language fosters children's curiosity, develops skills of language and literacy and deepens their understanding of the world and their place in it.

Why do we teach French?

The new National Curriculum for 2014 sets out why we teach French in schools:
Learning another language provides an opening to other cultures and keeps us from becoming insular. A high-quality languages education should foster pupil's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. It allows children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and writing. It provides opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes and learn new ways of thinking. Language teaching should provide a foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

The aims of French in our school are:

We aim to foster a love of, and curiosity about, languages. To develop children's understanding of what they hear and read, and their ability to express themselves in speech and writing. To extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences between French and English. We also aim to strengthen their sense of identity through learning about culture in other countries and comparing it to their own.

Curriculum & School Organisation

The National Curriculum (2014) is used as the basis for the planning of pupil's entitlement, subject coverage and progression in the teaching of French. The scheme of work for French is under review during 2015. The Catherine Cheater scheme is available in school for teacher reference and the Subject Leader has made staff aware of other useful websites such as Lightbulb Languages to support their delivery.

French is taught in each Key Stage two class for half an hour weekly, mainly by the subject leader. French is taught as a discrete subject though cross curricular links will be made where relevant. Our emphasis is on spoken and written language and cultural awareness is promoted through enrichment opportunities such as a summer French café and French (or other MFL) speakers invited in to school.

The introduction of the new curriculum in 2014 does mean there will be a four year period (2014 -2018) where standards may fluctuate.

Teaching and learning style

In lessons, the emphasis is on communicating and having fun! The teaching of French at Wybunbury Delves enables children to spend much of their time in language lessons speaking, listening and interacting as well as sharing in quality French stories, poems and rhymes and where and when appropriate recording in the written form. They take part in role-plays, conversations and question and answer work, sing songs and recite, perform to an audience as well as play games and take turns.

We recognise that in all classes there are children of different abilities in French and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this by setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses and increase in the level of difficulty.

The learning environment

A new subject area for French is being developed in Upper Key stage 2.

Curriculum enhancement opportunities

In the summer term, we hold a French café which gives children the opportunity to use their new language skills in a 'real' situation. Where possible, native speakers will be invited in to school. Staff explore opportunities to video-conference other schools.

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