Modern Foreign Languages : French

Shaping our French curriculum:

We follow the National Curriculum which enables our children to:

Understand and respond to spoken and written language
Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity.
Write for different purposes and with different grammatical structures

We teach so that we provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language laying the foundations for foreign language teaching at KS3. Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures.

We introduce well known French artists, historical figures and musicians to build our children’s knowledge about the world.

We use concepts to give meaning to our modern foreign languages:

In all subjects at Barlow Hall we use six Thinking Concepts:

  • Continuity and Change over Time
  • Inter-relationships
  • Perspectives
  • Similarities and Differences
  • Analysing and Interpreting
  • Cause and Effect

Our French subject concepts are:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar

Our French skills are:

  • Asking and answering questions
  • Knowing key vocabulary
  • Knowing grammatical rules
  • Expressing an opinion, likes and dislikes
  • Having a conversation

Our curriculum is designed so children are taught the knowledge then use their knowledge. We build knowledge from one year to another, moving from a basic understanding to an advanced model where understanding is applied to fluency and then a deep and automatic understanding. In our lessons we build on prior knowledge and link back and forwards to embed our knowledge. We return to key concepts so that are children know more and remember more.