French at Westwood
A high quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
French is taught in line with the Westwood Primary Teaching and Learning Policy. Learning experiences are investigative, enquiry based and immersive. Learning opportunities promote the Learning to Learn programme in place across the school.
At Westwood Primary, children are taught French with the focus on enabling them to make substantial progress in one language. Teaching provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focusing on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. The focus of study in modern languages is on practical communication.
Pupils are 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
- 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
We follow the Rigolo programme of study to ensure the required language-based skills are carefully introduced and consolidated across Key Stage 2, however this is supplemented with a wide range of other resources and learning opportunities.
Assessment is a regular feature of classroom practice and is related to the objectives in lessons and units.
Objectives are differentiated using E-, E= and E+ to enable all children to achieve according to their own abilities and acquired knowledge
The assessment grids inform planning and provide the children with effective feedback to help them recognise their strengths and understand their next steps in their language learning.