Modern Foreign Languages
At Silkstone Primary, we want to instil a passion for languages where children are able to read and write the French language with developing fluency. We want our pupils to confidently express themselves with good pronunciation and intonation and to use French creatively and spontaneously. To develop independence in their studies and the ability to draw upon a wide range of sources. Children will develop an awareness of the French culture and of the countries where French is spoken.
The delivery of our MFL curriculum will provide opportunities for pupils to learn about the French culture and about the countries where French is spoken: with a particular focus on St Florent Des Bois, which is the French town twinned with Silkstone. Learning is sequenced to enable children to develop and express their ideas and thoughts in French and to understand and respond to French speakers, both in speech and writing. Pupils are given the opportunity to correspond with children living in St Florent Des Bois. Teachers will use the Scheme of Work: “La Jolie Ronde” to develop pupil’s learning. Children will use the full range of resources within this scheme to deepen their understanding of the language and also of France. Children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their own understanding of new vocabulary, thinking about how they can practise and use the appropriate vocabulary they are acquiring. We can provide opportunities for children to engage in French through:
integrating the French language into our practical everyday language such as: answering the register or giving simple commands in the classroom;
displaying French prompts in classrooms for children to refer to;
celebrating success through displaying children’s work;
using and embedding French vocabulary through singing songs.
Our pupils will be able to express themselves confidently and imaginatively in French and have a greater understanding of French culture and of France as a country. They will have the tools to develop and express themselves in French to others, including French speakers living in France.
Themes and Contexts
Saying name and age
Asking simple questions: How are you, how old are you, what are you called?
Simple animals (dog, cat, snake, pig, tortoise, rabbit, mouse)
Numbers 1 -15, simple sums (addition and subtraction)
Days of the week
Stories: The Pet Shop, Aliens, Baby Elephant Has Lost His Mum, the Enormous Turnip, Aladdin, The Hare and the Tortoise, The Little Fir Tree.
Numbers 16 -30, dates and birthdays
Simple personal descriptions – les yeux bleus, les cheveux noirs, roux, longs, raides, boucles, courts (including opinions)
Parts of the body
Some simple adjectives:
Super, excellent, horrible, interessant, bizarre, petit, grand
The Monster, The Snowman, Red Riding Hood, the Three little Pigs, M Beauregard’s Day Out, Papa
Pets (extend from Y3 to cover, hamster, guinea pig, gerbil, parrot, fish and pony)
Numbers and calculations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)
Froggy gets Dressed, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Sun and the Wind, Galette.
Places in the town
More extended adjectives (vieux, jeune, joli, mechant, bon)
Stories: Man of Colour, What Time is it Mr Wolf? Adventure in Space, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse