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St Pancras Catholic Primary

St Pancras
Catholic Primary School

MFL (French)

‘You live a new life for every language you speak. If you only know one language, you only live once.’ Czech proverb

In French delivery, we aim to instil a love of language learning and an awareness of other cultures. We want pupils to develop the confidence to communicate in French for practical purposes, using both written and spoken French. Throughout lessons, we aim to give pupils a foundation for language learning that encourages and enables them to apply their skills to learning further languages, developing a strong understanding of the English language, facilitating future study and opening opportunities to study and work in other countries in the future. 
The Kapow French scheme of work is designed with six strands that run throughout. These are:
• Speaking and pronunciation
• Listening
• Reading and writing
• Grammar
• Intercultural understanding
• Language detective skills
Through the French scheme, pupils are given opportunities to communicate for practical purposes around familiar subjects and routines. The long term plan provides balanced opportunities for communication in both spoken and written French, although in Year 3 the focus is on developing oral skills, before incorporating written French in Year 4 and beyond. The scheme is a spiral curriculum, with key skills and vocabulary revisited repeatedly with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. Cross-curricular links are included throughout our French units, allowing children to make connections and apply their language skills to other areas of their learning
Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work including role-play, language games and language detective work. Our scheme of work focuses on developing what we term ‘language detective skills’ and developing an understanding of French grammar, rather than on committing to memory vast amounts of French vocabulary. 
French will be monitored continuously through formative and summative assessment. Progress throughout units can be measured and misconceptions can then be targeted and addressed.
By the end of Year 6, children should be able to: 

1 - Engage in purposeful dialogue in practical situations (e.g., ordering in a cafe, following directions) and express an opinion. 

2 - Make increasingly accurate attempts to read unfamiliar words, phrases, and short texts. 

3 - Speak and read aloud with confidence and accuracy in pronunciation. 

4 - Demonstrate understanding of spoken language by listening and responding appropriately. 

5 - Use a bilingual dictionary to support their language learning. 

6 - Be able to identify word classes in a sentence and apply grammatical rules they have learnt. 

7 - Have developed an awareness of cognates and near-cognates and be able to use them to tackle unfamiliar words in French, English, and other languages.

8 - Be able to construct short texts on familiar topics.

French Curriculum Overview