At Carlton Miniott Primary Academy, we value French as a way of providing pupils with an opening to other cultures in order to deepen their understanding of the world. Our French curriculum aims to inspire pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. Learning French also promotes new ways of thinking, both across languages and culturally, and provides the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
How is the Subject Taught at Carlton Miniott Primary Academy?
At Carlton Miniott Academy, French is taught through the “North Yorkshire Scheme of Learning for Primary French” and is taught formally in years 3 to 6. The National curriculum states that teaching “should focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language”.
The four areas of learning that pupils study through the Key Stage are:
- Listening to spoken French
- Reading written French
- Writing in French
- Speaking French
The topic themes are as follows:
- Me – greetings, names and numbers to 10
- The Jungle
- Parts of the body – numbers to 20
- The calendar
- Shopping – vegetables
- Musical instruments
- My family – numbers to 70
- Birthday celebrations
- Zoo animals
- Food and drink
- At the beach
- People – numbers to 100+
- The café
- Tour de France
The school has implemented a ‘Keep Up Not Catch Up’ (KUNCU) approach to learning. In lessons, teachers monitor work carefully and give immediate feedback to pupils. This not only gives quick praise to pupils who have successfully addressed an area of the learning objective but helps them address misconceptions. Teachers are able to adapt their teaching based on this. The French Curriculum regularly returns to concepts such as number, alphabet, classroom instructions and greetings to embed these important concepts.
Pupil work is mainly speaking, listening and responding. There is an element of written work within each unit and this is completed in a ‘Wonderful Work’ book or for display. We encourage pupils to produce neat work that mirrors work in other subjects, like English writing. To support the teaching of French, the Scheme of Work has all supporting PowerPoints and activities linked to each topic theme. In addition, there are a number of French dictionaries that pupils can access, as well as a large variety of French fiction and non-fiction texts that also link to topic themes. Furthermore, there are a number of discs containing songs and rhymes that the children can listen and respond to within lessons.
Assessment and Tracking of Pupil progress
Staff use Insight to both record and monitor pupil progress in French. Assessment is linked to the ‘Rising Stars NC14 Framework.’ Assessment is an ongoing process and is used to identify and enhance pupil learning. The Long Term Plan at the front of each Scheme of Work highlights the assessment opportunities that will be addressed within a particular theme/topic.
Staff Subject Knowledge and Continuous Professional Development
The subject leader (through analysis of pupil work, ‘pupil voice’ discussions, assessment data and subject monitoring) will identify any development areas in subject knowledge. Staff questionnaires and discussions (including staff meetings) will also identify areas of subject knowledge that may need enhancing. The subject leader will give feedback and will lead training sessions in staff meetings. He/she will also identify external training that may be utilised to develop staff skills and knowledge.