In French, a Roundwood leaver will know …
…the world is full of different languages and studying a new language, reading other people’s stories, and connecting with others in their own language can be a source of pleasure and surprise. By learning another language, pupils can explore more about the world in which they live, read more newspapers and books and understand different films and TV programs, thereby extending their learning across the world, expanding their personal and cultural horizons creating true global citizens.
Our aim is to develop the confidence and competence of each child in French and for them to be passionate, curious and confident about their own foreign language learning abilities when they finish the primary school phase of their education.
At Roundwood primary, the pupils have a weekly lesson of French with a curriculum which follows the LanguageAngels scheme of work. The curriculum has been designed to ensure all pupils cover the national curriculum objectives and skills by the end of Year 6. It allows for progression of objectives across a rolling programme. The 5 key skills of language learning (speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar) are woven into lessons throughout the school. Lessons also aim to make pupils aware that through learning another language they can connect with other cultures. Learning about other cultures will help expand their personal horizons and create responsible citizens.
Teachers use the LanguageAngels plans as a basis for lessons but also include songs, stories, videoclips and games to ensure lessons are interesting for pupils and are as interactive as possible. Pupils are also given opportunities to practise the new language they have learnt through role play, for example in a Roundwood French Café, a French games afternoon or language days at other schools.
From Year 3 onwards, the aim is to ensure that pupils of all abilities develop solid foundations in key language learning skills. Pupils’ ability to understand what they hear and read will develop and enable them to express themselves in speech and writing. Pupils’ knowledge of how language works will be extended and they will be given opportunities to explore the similarities and differences between the foreign language they are learning and English. Pupils’ sense of identity will be strengthened through learning about culture in other countries and comparing it with their own.