Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement: French
At William Bellamy Primary School, we intend for all children to develop positive attitudes towards other languages and cultures. This interest is encouraged by delivering regular, stimulating and enjoyable lessons which build confidence and promote the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It is our intention to ensure that by the end of our pupil’s primary education, they have acquired an understanding of both spoken and written French, confidence to speak in French with others and know how important other languages can be in their future.
The implementation of French teaching is organised by a clear scheme of work which is in line with the National Curriculum and includes challenges for children working above age related expectations. French is taught by a Specialist French Teacher in KS2 and class teachers are present for the lessons to upskill their own teaching pedagogy and language development to allow them to deliver further incidental learning opportunities throughout the school day. The lessons are supported by the Catherine Cheater resource scheme. In KS1 the class teachers deliver all the French lessons with planning support from the French teacher if necessary. In Key Stage 1 they follow the Little Languages Scheme of learning. In both Key Stages pupils are encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills in every lesson through conversational work, songs, rhymes and stories. Grammar and sentence structure are also taught specifically. As knowledge and confidence grows, pupils record their learning through pictures and written recording. Opportunities are taken to supplement these lessons by using French at other times during the school day, for example when greeting children, taking the register, giving instructions and playing games. French is monitored by the subject leader throughout all year groups using a number of strategies including recorded learning monitoring, pupil voice, lesson observations and discussions with staff.
Pupils across the school are interested and excited by the diversity of language and cultures; this supports the development of many of our British values including individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance. Pupils learn to sing a number of songs and rhymes which they have learned by heart. They are able to speak a number of phrases with confidence and as they progress through the school can read and write some simple French. They increasingly notice and understand basic grammar including feminine, masculine and plural forms and key features and patterns of French including accents and word order. They are beginning to conjugate and learn the key verbs which will help them progress their learning. They can discuss some similarities and differences between French and English and talk about aspects of French traditions and culture promoting an interest in and respect of differing cultures. There is clear progression within the French curriculum. The pupils will develop a range of vocabulary and during subsequent years this vocabulary will be built upon and used within a wider range of conversational and written contexts. Learning is pitch to be inclusive of all learners for example SEND pupils may be given less vocabulary to learn or additional support from adults within class. Challenge tasks are also given to those pupils who require additional challenge; these may include using new vocabulary in conjunction with pre-existing knowledge or independent vocabulary investigations.