Modern Foreign Languages
At Greenlands Primary School all children, including those who are disadvantaged and children who have SEND learn whole school and subject specific concepts through twice weekly lessons.
You live a new life for every language you speak. If you only know one language, you only live once.
- Czech proverb
Why Language Learning Is Important
At Greenlands Primary School we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works.
Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
National Curriculum Purpose of Study
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.
It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
What Languages Looks Like at Greenlands Primary School
The teaching of French at Greenlands Primary School is underpinned by the National Curriculum and the Greenlands Knowledge and Skills Progression Document. Knowledge and Skills have been arranged within subject specific themes. Vocabulary for each topic is identified and explicitly taught to address the recognised ‘word gap’ that exists for many of the children that attend Greenlands Primary School. The continued revision of whole school concepts and subject specific themes, alongside regular revisiting of previous learning will enable children to know more and remember more.
Language learning activities are planned in such a way as to encourage the full and active participation of all pupils. Work is differentiated as appropriate to the needs of individual children. Pairs and groups for collaborative work may be made up in different ways, depending on the task.
Concepts Running Through Languages
- Change – sound, lexical (words/vocabulary), semantic (meaning), syntax (rules governing sentence construction)
- Power – language power –measure of ability to converse in a language especially one that is not native to the speaker
- Diversity – diversity of language spoken around the world, diversity of structure,
- Comparison – differences and similarities between English and French
- Significance – one of the most widely spoken languages around the world
Subject Specific Concepts & Themes
- Intercultural Understanding
Whole school overview
Key Stage 2
Children begin by learning to greet each other, exchange names, ask how someone is, count to 10 and say how old they are. Children then move on to understand and follow instructions, name parts of the body, identify colours and say what they are wearing. In the spring term children learn the vocabulary for a range of food, to express likes and dislikes, and to count and use plural nouns. Children then learn how to identify and introduce family and pets and spell their names. They will also learn the names for places in their own home. Children then learn vocabulary and phrases around the theme of school. In the summer term children learn vocabulary of school places and objects, they will take part in a PE lesson conducted mostly in French and will combine learning to express preferences. Children learn to say the days of the week, months and dates and also count on from 11 to 31.
Children begin by learning to develop their intercultural understanding by being introduced to the sights of some typical French cities. They also learn to describe places in a town, count to 100 and give their address in French. Children learn to develop their conversational skills via some new topics: transport, direction and movement. They will learn to conjugate the high-frequency verb ‘to go’ and use it in context. In the spring term children learn about shopping in France. Children will learn specific vocabulary of fruit, vegetables and clothes. They learn the key phrases for asking the questions needed when going shopping. Children then learn the key vocabulary related to countries/continents and animals. They learn specific vocabulary of countries of the United Kingdom, continents and animals from different continents and a country’s position related to the equator. Children learn key phrases connected to the themes. In the summer term children learn how to tell the time: o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. They will learn how to read timetables and TV schedules and answer simple questions about these. Children learn key vocabulary related to holidays, weather and seasons, sports and hobbies. They will learn specific vocabulary of how to say what the weather is like, temperatures, names of different sports and hobbies. They will learn key phrases connected to the themes.
Children will revisit previous learning in year 3 and 4. They will learn how to express their emotions and to talk about the future, using two different tenses and complete some grammar work. Children apply previous knowledge of topic areas such as clothes and the body, developing their vocabulary at the same time. They learn to describe their own appearance and are introduced to some key grammatical features of French, such as the position of adjectives. They have the opportunity to talk about their emotions and health, increasing their conversational skills. In the spring term children learn key vocabulary related to food and drink. Children apply previous skills and knowledge of topic areas such as animals, homes and family to extend their conversation abilities. They expand their vocabulary and consolidate their understanding of descriptive language, including subjective descriptions. They will learn how French adjectives must ‘agree’ with the noun they describe, in relation to both number and gender. They will find out more about possessive adjectives and explain a family network in detail. In the summer term children learn key vocabulary related to objects, subjects, prepositional language and 2D shapes. Children will learn questions and answers which they would use at school. Children apply previous skills and knowledge of topic areas such as numbers and dates, extending this to talk about key events in French history. They will be introduced to one of the common past tenses in the French language, learning to give dates of birth/death for famous French people and begin to use grammatical terms such as conjugation, auxiliary and infinitive verb. They will improve their inter-cultural understanding in a cross-curricular way.
Children apply previous skills and knowledge of topic areas such as places in a town, directions, homes and numbers to develop their speaking and listening abilities. They will have more focused practice using bilingual dictionaries and increase their understanding of word classes and other grammatical features of the language. Children are given plenty of opportunities for using songs, stories, art and drama to make the learning fun, engaging and memorable. Children learn about the shopping experience in France. Children will learn how to use the nuances of colour when describing the colours of clothes and how to use prepositional language. They will learn key phrases for asking the questions needed when going shopping. In the spring term children learn key vocabulary related to France and in particular Paris. Children will learn specific vocabulary to describe France’s neighbours and positions/distances of a variety of cities. They learn the French names for famous French landmarks and how to describe what people do when they visit Paris. Children learn about famous French people and children will learn the French vocabulary for the areas they were/are famous for. In the summer term children learn how to tell the time; o’clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to and 5 minute intervals. They learn how to use 24 hour times and the way in which the French represent am and pm times. In the summer term children learn about life in Marseille and complete a French project.