“Learning French is fantastic, as it gives me the chance to speak to my cousins who speak French.” Zoe
“I really enjoy French because it’s a different language and I can see how the words are related.” Sophia V
French is good fun and really useful for when we go on holiday.” George
At Manland, we use the Salut! scheme of work for French for children in Years 3 to 6.
The teaching in KS2 is based on the guidance material in the CGP ‘Salut’ scheme of work of MFL and supplementary material. Teachers use a variety of techniques to encourage the students to have an active engagement with MFL, including games, role-play and action songs.
The scheme of work is separated into coverage for years 3/4 and years 5/6. Both include individual lesson plans and interactive whiteboard resources, which include an introduction to key vocabulary for each lesson, flashcards to support learning and games and songs to reinforce the learning objective.
The ‘Salut’ scheme is organised into units of work; three core units, followed by multiple units which cover the day-to-day routines of the child, as well as their interests and home life. At Manland, we have enjoyed extra French lessons, from SJL students, who have been able to come and teach small groups of children.
Our Aim – MFL National Curriculum
The National Curriculum for MFL aims to ensure that all pupils: should be taught to:
• listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and 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; seek clarification and help
• 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
• present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
• 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
• understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English
Ways to Develop French Skills at Home
– Ask your child to tell you how many words they know in French
– Encourage your child to count in French.
– Ask them if they can say a sentence to you in French or ask a question..
– Ask children to talk about the foods they know the names for in French.