French at St Michael’s
Name of Lead: Mrs Roscoe
"You live a new life for every language you speak. If you only know one language, you only live once."
The curriculum here at St Michael’s, underpinned by the National Curriculum, holds our children and their aspirations, environment and development at its heart. Whilst allowing them to build their knowledge, skills and resilience, it also prepares them for their future as citizens of Liverpool and the wider world. We embrace our children’s spiritual needs through our mission values whilst celebrating their cultural diversity and identity.
By the time our children reach the end of their primary journey we endeavour for them to have the ability to communicate effectively using a broad and varied vocabulary, having being exposed to a wide range of literature and a plethora of life enriching experiences.
Year-on-year, children will build on their knowledge and skills to enable them to unlock new learning and explore their talents and interests.
Learning a modern foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. At St. Michael’s we aim to foster children's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. We encourage children’s confidence, their creative skills and aim to develop a rich and varied vocabulary. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, skills necessary to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning. We aim to help children to develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries.
Children have weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2, taught by an outside provider. Topics include numbers, colours, house and home, in town, food and drink, the classroom, clothes and hobbies.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
1. Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
2. Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
3. Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
4. Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.