At Herne Junior School, we want our children to have the opportunity to learn a modern foreign language which we see as a necessary part of being a member of a multicultural society and which provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world (being a good global citizen). The teaching should enable children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. Language teaching started early on in a child’s education, should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries. It is our intention that by the end of their junior education, they have acquired an understanding of both written, and more importantly spoken French, and will have developed the confidence to speak in French with others and know how important other languages can be in their future.
Our French lessons are planned following a progression of skills to enable the children to systematically revise and reinforce vocabulary and phrases building confidence, particularly focussing on the spoken form, over time. Where teachers incorporate possible French into everyday activates such general greetings, counting, taking the register and simple classroom commands. We aim to ensure that we focus on the correct pronunciation and intonation when speaking thereby upholding the importance and value of the French language to its people. French is taught weekly in each year group. Our children learn French through a creative approach of songs and games, as well as individually completing a short booklet with some simple written tasks to reinforce the vocabulary learnt. Lessons are interactive and French in spoken as much as possible. Children are encouraged to work collaboratively with others, encouraging and supporting each other while having fun! Each year group follows a thematic approach for each term, and each year builds on the previous one. We also offer a lunchtime club in which children are able to extend their learning with a French teacher from the local community.
Year 3 - Bonjour! Colours, Animals. Numbers 0 – 20
Year 4 - My Family, Parts of the body, In the classroom. Numbers 0 – 30.
Year 5 - Days of the week and numbers 0 – 50, Time and clothing, French Café.
Year 6 – Weather and seasons, Sports and leisure, Houses and shops. Numbers 0 – 100.
When children leave Herne, we want their learning of French to enable them to feel confident and motivated to speak French in a variety of situations. They will be able recognise and write simple sentences in French. Most importantly, they will have a better understanding of another culture and the importance of respecting others’ beliefs and traditions. With this knowledge, they will have more desire to continue to develop a love of learning a foreign language in the next phase of their education and a resilience to learn and speak another language.
“As Britain leaves the European Union, it’s more important than ever to show how much we value international opportunities, language-learning, and ensuring our young people have a global outlook.”