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Implementation of our Languages curriculum

 

  • A carefully sequenced French language curriculum allows children to build on prior French knowledge.
  • The lessons are designed to be progressive and build on prior learning, moving from word to sentence level over the four years.
  • There will be a mix of whole class, group, paired and independent activities but a regular use of practical communication.
  • Lessons will include authentic songs, rhymes and stories in French and various games and activities to encourage practical communication. 
  • The lesson plans include ideas for support for the less able and to extend the more able.
  • The lesson activities are challenging, varied and interactive and develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills
  • Interactive whiteboard resources with audio support are provided with authentic voices.
  • The choice of vocabulary ensures exposure to key phonic sounds and ability to build sentences using grammatical knowledge.
  • In every year group, the content allows for revisiting and consolidating prior knowledge
  • It is expected that formative assessment in each lesson informs the planning and teaching of subsequent lesson plans.
  • Knowledge planners are being developed to provide structure to learning, specifying key grammatical knowledge and vocabulary that we want all children to be fluent with.
  • Acting as a planning, teaching and assessment tool, the knowledge planner will make it clear to teachers, pupils and parents what knowledge and vocabulary is expected to be learnt by the end of the unit and within lessons.
  • Knowledge planners highlight outcomes through exit quizzes, allowing children, parents and teachers to monitor and assess their own learning.
  • Mind maps are a central part of learning as a way for the children to organise their learning and help them to retain the information.
  • Carefully planned entry and exit tasks formatively assess learning and provide the opportunity for children to show what they know
  • Children will have individual books for French and lessons will be blocked across the school. Pupils in Y1-Y6 will receive an hour a week for two half terms from a specialist language teacher.  The other two terms class teachers will teach their own classes with the support of the PL lead.
  • Discrete French lessons take place but also teacher will use other times in the day to practise core language such greetings during the register, a wake and shake routine in French etc.
  • Key attitudes are encouraged throughout learning. All learning is built around the 5Ps: pace, productivity, presentation, perseverance and progress.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving are essential to learning across our curriculum. Lessons are planned in such a way that children can apply their knowledge in a variety of contexts.
  • We use a SMARTER approach to lesson delivery in French lessons. This is an approach that focuses on the retention and application of knowledge. (Start with a quiz, Map it, ask a big question, read the objective, engage, retention/application task.)
  • French topics are linked to Christian values and the Bible where appropriate. Children are given the opportunity to reflect on learning and relate their learning to Christian values such as being kind and caring and helping each other through communicating in French.
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