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Modern Foreign Language Learn French: your essential vocabulary lists - FrenchEntrée 

Here at Woodlands, we understand how important it is to learn language skills. We believe they contribute to our understanding of the society and world that we live and work in. The language we learn at our school is French.

French is one of the very few languages spoken all over the world. 

We believe our children will learn best through interactive, fun lessons, which give the children plenty of opportunities to use their language skills with each other. 

 

French Progression and Skills Document

Our Vision of French

Learning French helps our children to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. In addition, it helps develop the skill to understand and communicate in another language, which the children can use all over the world to make new friends and aid communication for their future. It is essential to learn these skills from a young age for our children to respect others.

We aim to equip pupils with cultural capital, preparing children with the essential technical knowledge and skills for what comes next. The exploration of new skills and experiences helps to nurture resilience, curiosity and creativity. Through this journey, children develop new forms of cultural capital that make a difference in individual mindsets, which consequently shapes their future. 

Intent

At Woodland Primary School, we are committed to providing children with a high-quality curriculum that inspires and ignites a passion. As part of the curriculum, we cover Modern Foreign Language through French as our chosen language to study, and French is taught to all children in Key Stages 1 and 2. The teaching of MFL offers opportunities for children to become increasingly familiar with the sounds and written form of an MFL whilst also developing language skills and language-learning skills. The children also have a chance to discover an entirely new and exciting culture and exploit and build enterprise and diversity, ensuring children can broaden their thinking and aspirations.

 

Implementation

The curriculum that we follow is based on guidance given in a revised National curriculum. We teach the children to know and understand how to:

 • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and asking and answering questions;

 • 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

 • memorise words;

 • interpret meaning;

 • understand basic grammar;

 • work in groups and pairs to communicate with others in another language;

 • look at life in a different country and culture;

 • communicate with children from a French-speaking school.

We aim to equip pupils with cultural capital, preparing children with the essential technical knowledge and skills for what comes next. The exploration of new skills and experiences helps to nurture resilience, curiosity and creativity. Through this journey, children develop new forms of cultural capital that make a difference in individual mindsets, which consequently shapes their future. 

 

Impact

This part of our curriculum can give our children the prospect of understanding and communicate in a whole new language. We increase their cultural awareness by learning about different countries and people and working with materials from those countries and communities. Learning a Modern Foreign Language will allow our children to foster positive attitudes towards other cultures and use their knowledge with growing confidence and competence to understand what they hear and read and to express themselves in both speech and writing.

 

Coronavirus 2020/2021

A dual curriculum approach following the school closure in March 2020 and January 2021 ensured that Spanish continued to be delivered in a way that reflected the subject’s vision and strategy to learning.