Learning a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English. At Greenleaf, all children in KS2 learn French.
Emphasis is on children making excellent progress with an appropriate balance between the spoken and written language, while at the same time developing an understanding of French culture and geography. We believe that increased capability in the use of MFL promotes initiative and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.
Pupils are taught to:
- listen attentively to spoken French, showing understanding by joining in/responding;
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words;
- engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others;
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures;
- develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases;
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing;
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language;
- broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary;
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly;
- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.
French is taught for 30 minutes per week, and where possible, French is taught by a language specialist.
For further information on our expectations for all children in Art by the time they leave Greenleaf, please click here.