Bonjour! We love speaking French at Yorkley School! We have assemblies every other week and follow them up with in class activities, spending 30 minutes per week learning French. We strongly believe in providing pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum and look forward to having theme afternoons throughout the year.
Contribution of MFL to the Primary School Curriculum
The learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. Pupils develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between French and English. Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduces an international dimension to pupils’ learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others. The learning of a foreign language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.
At Yorkley Primary School, children are taught French from Year 3 to Year 6. Lessons are once a week and last 30 minutes. This is supplemented wherever possible with short sessions within the routine class environment. Children also have the opportunity to join French club which is on Friday lunchtimes.
The children are taught how to:
- Ask and answer questions
- Use correct pronunciation and grammar
- Memorise words
- Interpret meaning
- Understand basic grammar
- Use dictionaries
- Work together to communicate in French
- Look at life in another culture
- Read short texts
- Write words and sentences in French, progressing to paragraphs
The overall focus for French is fun, involvement and enjoyment. The main emphasis initially is on the use of oracy, but as the children progress, literacy is introduced. The language is taught through interactive software, songs, games, rhymes and books, often involving toys, flashcards and other visual aids. Sessions introduce a new focus on a regular basis, as well as revising and practising previously taught structures and vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on providing maximum encouragement and participation, so that the children feel motivated. A variety of materials and resources are used.
Each week the children decide on which aspect of French they would like to learn about. So far this year we have tasted French food,
- Gone on a virtual walk around Paris
- Watched a film in French (we recognised lots of French words and phrases!)Learnt how to talk about ourselves (including family, likes and dislikes etc)‘Je m’appelle Sophie.’
‘J’ai huit ans’ Fiona
Other exciting things we do
We have had a French day where we learnt about different aspects of French culture.
We celebrated French Day by coming to school dressed in blue, white and red. There were lots of activities taking place throughout the day, including singing and dancing in French, a French Quiz and French Art. There was even a French Café where the children were able to sample some French pastries! Everyone had a fantastic day and here are some of the comments from the children.
“My favourite bit was making a French Flag” – Dillon “I liked having my photo taken with the class in my blue top” – Alfie
“I liked doing the dancing” – Daisy L “I liked dressing up in French colours” – Tillie
Parents come in and join us. We had a French quiz afternoon which was parents vs children. The children beat their adults!
About 30 parents came along to our French Day – children from Classes 3, 4 and 5 played games and did a quiz – all with a French focus. The children were delighted to have won the quiz!