mfl - French
The core language taught at St. Jude’s is French. The scheme we follow, iLanguages, offers a carefully planned sequence of lessons, ensuring progressive coverage of the skills required by the national curriculum. It is our intention that all children in KS2 will access first quality teaching of French by their class teacher. KS1 children will be introduced to MFL through exploring French informally when appropriate such as answering the register.
Our planning enables children to express their ideas and thoughts in French and provides opportunities to interact and communicate with others both in speech and in writing. At the heart of our teaching is the desire to expose children to authentic French, we offer regular opportunities to listen to native speakers. In Lower KS2, children acquire basic skills and understanding of French with a strong emphasis placed on developing their Speaking and Listening skills, aiming to improve the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation. These will be embedded and further developed in Upper KS2, alongside Reading and Writing. Through our teaching we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of languages and to expand their horizons to other countries, cultures and people. We aim to help children grow into curious, confident and reflective language learners thereby equipping them to be adequately prepared for KS3.
Our MFL curriculum provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language. French is not limited to MFL lessons and is spoken and written throughout the day. Some examples include; answering the register, greeting each other in the mornings, saying please and thank you and writing the date.
During MFL lessons pupils are taught to:
- Listen to French being spoken by native speakers and show understanding by joining in and responding
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- converse in French - engage in collaborative activities, ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others. This will be encouraged through an informal ‘warm up’ at the beginning of every lesson using a puppet who only responds to the French language
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language and share these in assemblies and celebrations
- use a French dictionary effectively and broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material. Children will be encouraged to create their own individualised word bank of new vocabulary in their French jotters.
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.
- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
- understand basic French grammar, including: feminine, masculine forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of French; how to apply these and compare how these differ from or are similar to English.
- By listening to native speakers, develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
MFL is assessed through written and spoken language using teacher assessment as well as an assessment booklet based on NC objectives. Children experience another culture and language, appreciating their place in an ever-changing world. French days are celebrated so children can embrace the full experience of French language, culture, food and music. Children understand where France is and how it compares to where they are from.
How to help your child at home...
Here are some suggestions for ways you can help your child:
1.Take your child to a museum
France has produced some of the most talented artists, such as Monet and Renoir. Check your local museum’s schedule to see when it is featuring a French-inspired exhibition and bring your child along. The admission for children is typically free.
2. Celebrate French holidays
Celebrating important French holidays, such as Bastille Day, will teach your child about French history. Celebrate by making some fun crafts or taking part in holiday traditions. Similar to the Fourth of July, the French display fireworks.
3. Cook a French meal
Familiarize your child with French cuisine by having him or her help you whip up a traditional French meal. Your child can channel their inner Julia Child with traditional French dishes, such as quiche and crème brûlée.
4. Watch a French movie
Fire up Netflix and host a French movie night with your family. Here are some kid-friendly French movies you and your child can enjoy: “A Monster in Paris,” “The Red Ballon,” and “Tintin and the Lake of Sharks.”
5. Listen to French music
Do you have a Pandora or Spotify account? Download some French songs to listen to while at home or on the road. Listening to French music will help familiarize your child with French accents and pronunciations.
You can download and print dozens of free French crosswords and word searches for your child. He or she will have fun playing, while simultaneously learning French vocabulary and simple sentences. Keep a stack in the car for long road trips.
7. Memory game
Create some French flashcards and place them face down on a table. Your child will flip over two cards. If the pictures match, your child will flip over two more cards. The point of the game is to match all of the cards from memory.
8. Coloring books
Purchase a French coloring book for. These coloring books will spark your child’s creativity, while helping him or her learn various vocabulary words and themes.
9. Read French books
There are a ton of beginner French books. Le Petit Prince is one of the most well-known French children’s books. You can find the book in almost any book shop or online.
This French activity is played exactly like the original Hangman version, except you are using French vocabulary words and phrases instead of English.