Modern Foreign Languages

In September 2014 languages became a compulsory element of the primary curriculum. 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 Reception up to Year 6 learn French once a week with Madame Webb or Mademoiselle Aldous. 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 has their own class bear and diary in which they record the week they spend with the bear including new French vocabulary and facts about French speaking countries. This year, year 6 classes have an "activity bag" which they will all take home for a week containing French games and activities to consolidate work completed in lessons and to encourage pupils to explore the French language independently.

At KS2 the new curriculum now places a greater importance on grammatical structures and written language.This year pupils in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 have pen pals at a school in France and are also taking part in a correspondence project with pupils from Mossley C of E Primary in Congleton. This has provided an authentic situation for them to write letters and other presentations in French. Our 3 partner schools are L'Ecole Primaire in Manigod, a village close to Annecy in the Alps, Collège Otfried in Wissembourg, in the Alsace region and Collège Salvador Allende situated in Bourgoin-Jallieu near Lyon.

A variety of teaching methods are used including ICT, interactive resources, authentic material from France and books. For example pupils in Reception 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, learning how Halloween and Christmas are celebrated in France.  We will also have a Mardi Gras mask competition, learn about Easter traditions and discover how the French celebrate their national day.

The classes also have a mascot in the form of “Marmot” who writes his own blog telling pupils facts about France and keeping them up to date with his adventures. You can find this at theadventuresofmarmot.wordpress.com - pupils enjoy following Marmot and are keen to research any questions he asks them on the blog.