The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that: ‘all pupils understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources; 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; can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt; discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied’.
At Warbstow, we follow Cave Languages’ scheme of work for French which embraces the National Curriculum aims with a varied and progressive scheme of work aimed specifically at mixed-age classes. Pupils develop their knowledge of French phonics to support pronunciation and spelling, vocabulary and sentence building and grammar. Pupils are encouraged to have-a-go at speaking aloud in front of their peers and recording written French through a range of story-based themes. The story books are enjoyed by the children as they listen to them read by fluent French speakers as well as being able to recognise written text. Our aim is for pupils to gain an understanding and enjoyment of an additional language and be better prepared for their future studies.