Modern Foreign Languages at St. Peter’s
At St. Peter’s, our aims, vision and values are at the core of everything we do.
We are guided by the key message of our Mission Statement,
'If we follow Jesus, the world will follow us.'
They define our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, capable, resilient and responsible citizens able to enjoy a healthy life to the full.
Our inclusive school community works in partnership to meet the responsibility of developing each child in every way – spiritually, emotionally, academically, physically and socially because each child who is a unique creation of God and loved by God, deserves this.
We deliver the French curriculum through the unique approach of the St. Peter’s Family.
Why is French important at St. Peter’s?
- Through French, children deepen their appreciation of their faith, culture, tradition and fulfil their God-given talents
- French helps children relate to others, forging important links between the home, school, church and our worldwide community
- It equips children with life skills to help them in other areas of their learning
- Through French children will develop the areas of the brain related to language, creativity and critical thinking.
- In French children are constantly using and building their memory
- Learning French helps to grow children self-confidence and give them a sense of pride in their achievements
- Children learn to communicate more effectively
- Children enjoy French
- French can help to children’s emotional development and build empathy towards other cultures
- Learning French helps to encourage positive attitudes
- French is fun and can bring the entire school or community together
What are the key French subject discipline skills?
How does St. Peter’s ensure progression in our key knowledge and concepts in French?
- Curriculum link are made to other subjects within a topic
- Topics build on skills and knowledge learnt
- Knowledge taught becomes more in depth
- Increasing complexity of skills and French shared
- Children enjoy French across a wide breadth of time
- Children enjoy a wide range of French language and culture from around the world
- Teachers assessments show precise knowledge and skills children will learn in each topic
- Children develop their knowledge of French through a range of sources
How do we know our children have made progress?
The teaching of French is compulsory at Key Stage 2. We use Niveau Blue, Niveau Blanc, Niveau Rouge and Niveau Tricolour scheme of work. We use the assessments from this scheme to ensure children make progress. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences. Children in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage join in with our whole school celebrations and learn simple songs, greetings and responses in French.
Year 3 Children can:
- Understand and respond to greetings
- Respond to classroom instructions,
- Say numbers up to 10
- Name key places in Paris
- Speak in simple sentences
- Know the names of countries of the UK
- Know the UK capital cities
Year 4 Children can:
- Explore European maps and names of countries
- Know the names for colours
- Explain a nouns, verbs and adjectives in a sentence.
- Discuss about common homophones
- Count up to 20
- Ask and respond to questions
- Explain where they live.
Year 5 Children can:
- Learn to order alphabetically
- Tell the time in French
- Discuss the cities of the world
- Understand clauses in sentences
- Use numbers up to 50
- Understand how to write a daily diary including days of the week and months of the year
Year 6 Children can:
- Say when my birthday is
- Discuss the celebration of Christmas
- Talk about daily routines
- Discuss my family
- Count up to 70
- Talk confidently all about themselves
- Celebrate May Day
- Discuss their hobbies
- Celebrate Bastille Day
We celebrate Bastille Day and European Day of Languages each year as a school and share our work at celebration assemblies.
In French lessons, as in all aspects of the curriculum, children are true to their faith. This can be summarised through one line taken from our Mission Statement: ‘We are happy when we do our best in our work and play’.