Bonjour, je m’appelle Mademoiselle Frodsham!
I am the French lead here at St Peter’s and I am really passionate about our children learning this language.
Introduction to French
Our planning is based on the Salut scheme of work which covers all the components of the Programme of Study. It is the intention that all children in KS2 will access first quality teaching of French by their classteacher in order to adequately prepare them for KS3. KS1 children will be introduced to MFL through exploring other languages informally when appropriate.
We have developed a bespoke MFL curriculum, which meets the current needs of children here at St Peter’s. In developing this curriculum, we have utilised components of published MFL materials including Salut resources.
Rationale for teaching languages
Why we teach languages?
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high quality languages education will foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. At St Peter’s we believe that language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping our children to study and work in other countries. Purpose of Study, National Curriculum, September 2013.
SO… What does French look like in our school?
Now our children are back in school our children in Year 5 have been practising the new vocabulary they have been learning with Mademoiselle Smith using Quizlet on the computers.
During Lockdown our children in Year 5 and 6 continued to receive lessons from Mademoiselle Smith our Collegiate French specialist through TEAMS. Year 3 and 4 continued to follow our Salut programme from home.
In Year 3 we learned (in French) all about different pets and animals on the farm, we learned how to sing Old McDonald had a farm. This is some of the work Noa completed at home.
We have been very lucky here at St Peter’s and every fortnight our Year 5 and 6 children get an hours French lesson with Mademoiselle Smith who is a French specialist teacher from St Margaret Ward she is supporting the children to excel with this subject.
The children in Year 3 have loved having this exposure to a new language, they even sang Happy Birthday to Mrs Snee in French.
Our French curriculum skills map can be found here – MFL curriculum in whole school