Modern Foreign Languages

French

Essential Characteristics of linguists

  • The confidence to speak with good intonation and pronunciation.
  • Fluency in reading.
  • Fluency and imagination in writing.
  • A strong awareness of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.
  • A passion for languages and a commitment to the subject.
  • The ability to use language creatively and spontaneously.
  • An independence in their studies and the ability to draw upon a wide range of resources.

©Chris Quigley Education Ltd

At Great and Little Shelford School, French is taught on a weekly basis throughout KS2. Children follow a curriculum designed by Rachel Hawkes, Director of International Education and Research for Comberton Academy Trust. Please see links below for curriculum coverage in each year group.
 
In KS1 and the Early Years Foundation Stage, children are also exposed to elements of the French culture through our international curriculum and learn simple songs and games to develop an interest in the French language. Launching in Spring 2019, La Jolie Ronde will host a KS1 French Club in school for those who wish to explore the language further.

‘Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.’ (DFE Languages Programme of Study for KS2 2013) 

Please click below to read our MFL Policy in more detail.

 

14/5/19 French Club
 
We are delighted to announce that due to the success and popularity of our KS1 French Club, delivered by La Jolie Ronde, we will be introducing a second club for KS2 from September 2019. Places are limited and will be given on a first come, first served basis and with priority given to those already enrolled.
Please feel free to register your interest for either the KS1 (Wednesdays) or KS2 (Tuesdays) clubs. For more information about the provision, please visit https://www.lajolieronde.co.uk 
 
14/5/19 French Learning Around the School
 
This year, children across KS2 have been incredibly busy learning about a range of topics in their French lessons. These include animals, colours, celebrations, food and drink, favourite sports and even the work of famous French artists! Year 6 are very much looking forward to soon beginning to plan the highly anticipated French Breakfast event.
 
Some of the children shared their thoughts about learning French at Shelford school:
 
" I love learning French because my teacher is fun and very enthusiastic!" Y6 pupil
" It's good to learn another language - it makes you a better person for the world." Y4 pupil
"When you're on holiday in France you have the ability to make friends." Y5 pupil
"I like the speaking activities best because you practise pronunciation." Y6 pupil
"My favourite song in French is Frère Jacques!" YR pupil
"The best thing is writing to our Pen Pals. It's nice that they're handwritten. It’s more personal and special because it’s handmade.” Y4 pupil
"A French Club for KS2 would be really good because I'd like to do more French!" Y3 pupil
 
 
French Learning Around the School: March 2018
This year the children have been busy learning about a range of topics in French, including the weather, foreign holidays, clothing and colours. Y6 even set up their own cafe role play situations in preparation for our popular annual French Breakfast event in the summer term.
Some of the children shared their thoughts about learning French at Shelford school. 
 
" I love learning French because it's fun and you get to do interesting and exciting activities like drama!"
Y6 pupil
 
" My favourite lesson was learning about the story of 'Monsieur Bonhomme de Neige' - It was so funny!"
Y3 pupil
 
"It's important to learn French so you can speak to people abroad whilst on holiday - I made friends with children at Kids Club in France because I spoke French to them." Y4 pupil
 
"Learning French also helps me learn other subjects e.g. It's really helpful for English grammar!" Y6 pupil
 
" I can count to 20 in French!!" YR pupil
 
Take a look below at some of their work.
French Pen Pals
We are very pleased that over the last few years we have set up a pen pal exchange which is now running from Year 3 to Year 5. In 2019, the entire KS2 will be involved in the programme. The children have had great fun writing and receiving letters and cards from their exchange partners at 'Ecole Primaire Jules Ferry' in Verneuil En Halatte, France. 
We are looking forward to meeting some of the children when they visit Shelford as part of the Shelford Twinning Project later this year.