Modern Foreign Languages
The teaching of a modern foreign language at Primary level provides pupils with an insight into another culture and lifestyle, a greater understanding of the manipulation of language as well as providing the foundation for continued learning at secondary school.
At Lacey Green all pupils from Year 1 up to Year 6 learn French once a week with Madame Webb. Pupils enjoy learning about the culture of France and its language through songs, games and stories. Lessons are designed to engage pupils and a strong emphasis is placed on speaking French at KS1 whilst in KS2 pupils have the opportunity to develop their skills in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
Topics covered include basic greetings, numbers up to 100, pets, colours, food and drink and family. Each KS2 class normally has their own class bear and diary so that they can record the week they spend with the bear. The children are encouraged to include new French vocabulary and facts about French speaking countries they visit. Due to Covid we are currently unable to use this resource and we hope to re-introduce the bears along with the Year 6 class activity bag which Year 6 pupils take turns to take home. The bag contains French games and activities to consolidate work completed in lessons and to encourage pupils to explore the French language independently and increase their knowledge.
At KS2 the curriculum places an importance on grammatical structures and written language.This year pupils in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are continuing to take part in a correspondance project with their pen pals at school's in France. This has provided an authentic situation for them to write letters and other presentations in French. Our 4 partner schools are L'Ecole Primaire in Manigod, a village close to Annecy in the Alps, Collège Otfried in Wissembourg, in the Alsace region, Ecole Cité Notre Dame in La Clusaz in the Haute Savoie area and Collège Salvador Allende situated in Bourgoin-Jallieu near Lyon.
A variety of teaching methods are used including IT, interactive resources such as Linguascope which pupils can also access at home, authentic material from France and books. For example pupils in Year 1 will be reading Eric Carle’s “The Hungry Caterpillar” in French to introduce the topic of food and reinforce colours. Throughout the year we celebrate festivals and events which are observed in France. This will include celebrating the European Day of Languages and learning how Halloween and Christmas are celebrated. We also have a Mardi Gras mask competition, learn about Easter traditions and discover how the French celebrate their National Day.
We are currently working with one of our partner schools in France to complete an eTwinning project which will lead to further accreditation from the British Council.