In this section of the website, you will find information about our approach to teaching French as a Modern Foreign Language at Witton Gilbert Primary School.
|At Witton Gilbert Primary School, we want every child to be afforded the opportunity to be exposed to cultures from all over the world, and we aim to foster a curiosity and deepen their understanding to cultures other than their own.
Our intent is to develop an interest in learning languages from elsewhere in the world in a way that is enjoyable, exciting and stimulating. This will be carried out in a variety of contexts in order to lay the appropriate foundations towards future learning in modern foreign languages and ensure that children leave Witton Gilbert Primary School with a wide range of happy and rich memories in French. Additionally, the children will have made substantial progress and gained the confidence to communicate (using both speech and written forms) with fluency in the range of vocabulary and sentence structures that have been taught. This will in turn enhance each child’s awareness of their own abilities and strengths as a learner, thus ensuring that children see learning a foreign language as an ongoing process and not a one-off event.
We aim to develop children as multi-linguists, and thus we aim to ensure that all pupils will:
|Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As their linguistic confidence and skills grow, children will be able to record their work through pictures, captions and then in sentences. We use displays to remind children of key vocabulary. Practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall, while visual prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary.
Pupils are taught to:
|Cultural Capital in MFL (French)
|Cultural Capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, skills and experiences that gives us the confidence to be able to talk, communicate, progress and take a full part in our community and wider world. At Witton Gilbert Primary school, we promote equality through our commitment towards developing cultural capital for all of our children.
During their time at Witton Gilbert Primary School, they will also experience:
|In our school, we expect that the majority of children will achieve at age related standards in French at the end of each year. We recognise that some children may not achieve this standard but we will expect that they have made good, relative progress from their starting point in Year 3. Additionally, we recognise that some other children will exceed age related standards and we will ensure deepened learning for those children. Children’s knowledge, understanding and skills will build progressively over time and this will be evidenced in speaking and listening activities, assessments, display and through discussions with children.
As such, children will be able to listen, speak, read and write in French and will have the confidence to use their skills in both school and practical situations, e.g. while on holiday in French speaking countries. Through wider reading and experiences in French, children will gain an appreciation and understanding of the countries where it is spoken and some of their historical events and links to other parts of the world.
Children will achieve success and develop attitudes such as perseverance, problem solving and will use their imagination creatively to approach such problems. The challenges of learning a second (or even third or fourth) language, will foster an atmosphere of trust, tolerance and care amongst pupils for those of different cultures or nationalities. The children will thus develop a range of strategies for dealing with linguistic challenges throughout their life’s journey.