Learning a foreign language is compulsory for KS2 under the 2014 New National Curriculum. French is the foreign language we teach at St. Andrew’s Junior school.
From Year 3, pupils are exposed to spoken and written French and are taught using interactive stories, traditional songs, games and additional resources. As a school, we follow the Rising Stars scheme of work, ‘Eurostars’ which is designed to cater for pupils working at all abilities. Each year group is assigned a stage which contains a wide variety of topics which develop children’s recognition of everyday vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation of useful French words and phrases. In school, we do have access to some bilingual dictionaries to support children’s learning.
We aim to make French lessons as entertaining and enjoyable as possible, as we realise that this approach serves to develop a positive attitude in the children to the learning of foreign languages. We build children’s confidence through plenty of praise and recognition for any contribution they make in the French language. We encourage children to express their ideas and thoughts in French – both in speech and in writing.
Alongside weekly timetabled lessons, some classes at St. Andrew’s are exposed to simple French on a daily ‘informal’ basis – for example, whilst taking the register or using basic instructional language in the classroom setting.
We aspire to lay the firm foundations needed for further foreign language learning at Key Stage 3.