Modern Foreign Languages

Our modern languages (French) curriculum ensures that our children:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in French

You can download an outline of the curriculum for each year on the right. 


French Day at Barlow Hall 12 November 2015

French Day 2015 was a great success with all Key Stages enjoying learning about French Artists and Composers.

We had some wonderful support from Parents and Carers who came into school for Mr Vaughan's Year 3 class assembly int he morning and then to see all of the work that the children had done throughout the day.

Year 5 and 6  learned all about café and restaurant vocabulary.  They also ran a french cafe with Mrs Matthews during the morning and then spent the afternoon doing art, learning all about the artist Monet.

Year 3 and 4 children learned about The French composer Camille Saint Saens and the piece of Music Carnival of the Animals. They also learned the names of animals in french and played animal bingo, as well as creating their own carnival of animals. 

The children also looked at the work of artist Paul Gaugin, especially at his piece 'Tahitian Landscape'. They created art work of landscapes using oil pastels and used the iPad apps Morpho and Puppet Pals to practise speaking French in the role of the artist.

In Year 1 and 2 the children learned about the French Artist Edgar Degas and Listened to Music from the composer Claude Debussy- Claire de Lune. They also danced like ballerinas to this music for the parents when they came in at the end of the day and made a model ballerina from Pipe cleaners. The children learned to count and sing a song in French.

In Reception the children had a French Breakfast and a carousel of activities which involved working with a parent who is  French to learn some French words.They also held their own Tour de France outside using the school bikes, and made their own collage artwork based on the work of artist Henri Matisse with some fantastic support from parents.The children also watched Barnaby Bear goes to France and played some french themed games in the hall. 

The Nursery children were involved in lots of fun activities including: singing simple songs in French, tasting French food and enjoying a French breakfast.  The children looked at the Art of Henri Matisse and also produced their own collages.

This November we have also introduced an after School French Club to our list of after school activities and it has proved so popular that we have had to split into 2 groups, one for KS1 and the other for KS2 children.

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