Here at Collis, we believe that learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils: it is important for encouraging a natural curiosity about the world. It also helps pupils to develop practical communication skills as well as extending their knowledge of how a language works. Learning a foreign language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. It enhances self-esteem, as well as laying a firm foundation for language learning throughout their life.
By the end of KS2 children will be able to do the following things:
The children undertake a broad and balanced curriculum that takes account of abilities, aptitudes and physical, emotional and intellectual development. At Collis, we will ensure that learning of both language and culture is embedded into the broader curriculum for the children to develop an international outlook. French planning is carried out centrally rather than by each year group to ensure a clear progression of skills. Additionally, the use of Early Start Languages and other resources available online supports teachers, who are not linguistically confident. This ensures that the children have a correct model for pronunciation and develop a clear understanding of grammatical constructs. Cross-curricular links are made when appropriate. For example in year 4 both the English and French unit of work focuses on the story of Cinderella (Cendrillon). Opportunities for using French are utilised across the curriculum. For example, giving instructions in French in PE lessons, when doing the register and the date is always written on the board in both English and French. This acts to reinforce the vocabulary and structures they have learned and give learning a real purpose. ICT is used where appropriate to enhance teaching and learning. We always make every effort to ensure that the teaching of a language is inclusive and find that learning a language creates a level playing field for EAL children and children who may find other subjects challenging.
If you were to walk into a French lesson at Collis, you will see some of the following things:
An example of the progressions of skills for listening from year 3 to year 6.
Topics covered in each year group.
Children taking part in a scavenger hunt:
Outstanding work sample: Year 4 Cendrillon – one child was inspired to re-write the story in French.
Successes in 2020 – 2021
Priorities for 2022 – 2023
If you were to walk into French lessons at Collis, you will see
Example of listening progression throughout KS2
Year 3 skills
Year 4 skills
Year 5 skills
Year 6 skills
Show understanding by joining in confidently.
Repeat words modelled by a teacher.
Show understanding of single words through physical response.
Show understanding by responding to questions with known answers.
Show understanding by answering questions with extended phrases and sentences using known vocabulary.
Ask and answer questions in extended sentences, using conjunctions and adjectives.