French Vision Statement
‘Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.’ (DfE - National Curriculum)
Our aim is that the learning of a modern foreign language, French, provides a cultural experience for all pupils and allows them to deepen their understanding of the world. The children will learn to understand others and have a greater acceptance of the world they live in and understanding of its cultural diversity. These linguistic skills will lay the foundations for further language learning beyond Stoke Park Junior School, so they may become confident and able linguists who are equipped to broaden their skills and knowledge.
At Stoke Park, we use the Rising Stars New Primary French scheme, which offers a complete programme of learning that is taught progressively across all year groups. The scheme provides an engaging, fun and motivating curriculum, which is accessible for all children. It also provides full support for teachers who may (or may not) be French specialists. Children experience a range of learning experiences in French, including conversations, singing, digital activities, animations and games. They will learn about different regions in France, it’s customs and traditions.
All children are actively encouraged to joining in and respond by exploring the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words. They engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others. Over time, children develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases. They are able to describe people, places, things and actions orally and in simple writing, appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes, whilst broadening their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material.
Children will develop skills and knowledge in listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar activities in French. This enables all children to make ‘substantial progress in one language’ at Key Stage 2, which lay the ‘foundations for further foreign language teaching at Key Stage 3’.
Our French curriculum enables pupils to start learning a language, which they can 'take into the next stage of their education and ultimately (should they wish) study and work in countries and therefore potentially have a positive impact on businesses and economy'.