Modern Foreign Languages
Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries.
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 and fluency, 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 St Stephen’s Primary School, we celebrate language learning and have a large number of pupils who are linguistically bilingual. Foreign languages spoken within the school include: Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati and Hungrian. The Modern Foreign Languages curriculum reflects our school’s local context by providing our pupils with linguistic skills that they can use and make connections within their own languages. Children have weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2, using the ‘French Languages project’. It is intended that when children leave St Stephen’s Primary, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language. They will be engaged and prepared to continue language learning at High School. Our choice for teaching French has arisen from the knowledge that within the local area, French is the main language that is taught in High Schools as part of EBACC.
The ‘French Languages Project’ is designed and delivered in a way that allows pupils to transfer key knowledge to long-term memory. It is sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and pupils can work towards clearly defined end points. Pupils in this way develop fluency which in turn commits to long term memory. Furthermore the scheme supports teacher’s existing subject knowledge with in-depth training materials and resources for them to access. St Stephen’s benefits from a French consultant who works in partnership with the Subject leader and the school in order to support teachers.
- 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.
- 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 songs and rhymes in the language.
- Broaden their vocabulary, including through using a dictionary.
- Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine/masculine 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.
Our assessment criteria in line with the national curriculum aims to enable teachers to assess the progress of children in their language learning as they move through Key Stage 2. This data is analysed on a termly basis and next step priorities are monitored during the year.
Working together with our French partner school, promotes engagement in the subject as well as provides children with the knowledge and skills necessary, to continue their studies successfully at High School.
Pupil Voice is also used to further develop the MFL curriculum, through questioning of pupils' views and attitudes to learning a language.
Home learning for French
Please revise over the learning done already as well as the basic conversational skills that you should have from Years 3 upwards. Use the following sites to help you:
These are great sites to revise over the following:
How to introduce yourself and basic greetings
Days of the week and months
Go through one of these areas everyday please so that you remember all of these skills for about 10 mins.
Please use the following you tube clips to help you also. Songs are a great way to remember key skills.
These sites are a fun way to learn and remember: colours, greetings and key vocabulary.
The children in both Key stages have been creating Peace Poetry to send to our French school. They produced some lovely pieces of work to show their commitment to global citizenship. We are waiting in anticipation for the responses from our French school.
Welcome to our French page! In Lower Key stage 2 , the children have been learning how to have short conversations with each other whilst presenting themselves. In upper Key stage 2, the children are using their reading skills to read short phrases and sentences. They have also been using aspects of grammar in order to write short sentences and say them out loud.
We have been using Kagan strategies for group work and the children are really enjoying this method of learning. Across both Key Stages, the children have been learning French through stories, songs and drama. Our French school links are being developed also with ‘ L’ecole de St Etienne’ and each Year group have contributed to developing their communication with their partner classes.
Our French school is L’Ecole de St Etienne, which is situated in Eastern central France. The town of St Etienne is Saint-Étienne became a popular stop for automobile travellers in the early 20th century (sometimes referred to as The Golden Age of Travel.
The last convention was in March 2013. A landmark in the history of the importance ascribed to design in Saint-Étienne was the inauguration of La Cité du design on the site of the former arms factory in 2009.
The city also launched the Massenete festivals (the composer Jules Massenet hailed from the area) devoted mainly to perform Massenet's operas. In 2000, the city was named one of the French towns and Lands of Art. On 22 November 2010, it was nominated as "City of Design" as part of Unesco’s Creative cities network.