In teaching French as our selected modern foreign language at Brookhurst, children in year 3 – 6 are given the opportunity to develop their reading, writing and oral skills in another language helping to enhance their cultural awareness and tolerance of others.
Our aims in teaching French are therefore
- To teach French in a fun, interactive way, which inspires and engages all learners
- To teach, well structured, well planned lessons which follow our French Long Term Plan aiding the development of skills for all children
- To develop in all children, including those with special educational needs, the confidence to listen, memorise and speak on a variety of familiar topics
- To embed in children the knowledge that languages are not only interesting in themselves but lots of fun – and that they can consolidate and complement learning in literacy, computing, numeracy and many other areas of the curriculum
- To develop and enhance cultural and linguistic awareness, fostering positive attitudes to all foreign language learning
- To help form a sound basis for further study at secondary school and beyond.
How do our pupils learn French?
Pupils are taught primarily as a class, learning by communicative methods – by listening, memorising and copying in the earliest stages. The teacher demonstrates using a variety of media/visual aids and prompts, pictures, flashcards, songs and games as well as with a growing range of books and learning materials.
All children participate according to their ability and confidence in the topic. Children are encouraged to show understanding at whatever level is comfortable for them – from a nod or a gesture to replying by a word, a phrase or a sentence.
Units of work are based on the school’s French Long Term Plan, which has taken into account skill development from previous years, teachers preferences for topics and core skills for future language development.