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Why study French?

During KS2 pupils begin studying at least one modern foreign language. French is the language studied at Blackminster, where a balance of spoken and written language is covered to lay the foundations for further foreign language learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond. Pupils access the language by looking at a variety of texts and are taught to listen and respond to spoken language using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures. An introduction to French phonics helps pupils develop accurate pronunciation and intonation.

In Y6 the work is covered under 2 main topic areas across the year Qui suis-je and Où suis-je.

There are many quality resources available to support and revise existing French work and to extend skills and knowledge. These may be found at www.linguascope.com and www.languagesonline.org.uk. Pupils will be provided with passwords to access these sites. Homework is set in line with school policy and is issued every 5 lessons. Homework tasks are recorded on the ShowMyHomework website and often have resources attached to support the work.

During KS3 pupils build on the skills they have developed in French throughout KS2. They develop their competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing and there is an increased focus on improving grammar skills and their knowledge of vocabulary. Pupils access the language by looking at a variety of authentic texts of increasing complexity and listening to more detailed pieces of language spoken in class or on recordings of native speakers. They are taught to communicate with more independence, spontaneity and accuracy and are introduced to strategies which enable them to express their own opinions and justify their point of view on a particular topic in the target language, preparing them for further study at KS4.

In Y7 the 2 main topic areas are Les choses importantes dans ma vie and En ville. In Y8 the 2 main topic areas are Ma vie aujourd’hui au college and Ma vie hier et demain.

As in KS2 pupils will be encouraged to use sites such as www.linguascope.com and www.languagesonline.org.uk to support and reinforce the work covered in class. Homework will be set every 5 lessons and recorded on the ShowMyHomework website with accompanying resources where appropriate. In KS3 it is desirable for each pupil to have their own French dictionary, as good dictionary skills can help greatly with progress in languages going into KS4 and beyond.

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