Holy Family Catholic Primary and Nursery School

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‘They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak different languages. The Holy Spirit was giving them the power to do this’ Acts 2:4-28

French Intent

To deliver a curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the NC whereby schools must provide a ‘balanced and broadlybased curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life’. To deliver a MFL curriculum, which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills, which enables children to access the wider curriculum and to prepare children to be a global citizen now, and in their future roles within a global community. Children will explore the cultural capital of another country through its language and traditions.

French Implementation

It is statutory in the National Primary Curriculum that every pupil in KS2 learns a foreign language and that pupils should make ‘substantial progress in one language’. At Holy Family Catholic Primary and Nursery School, the KS2 children are taught formal lessons of 30 minutes each week using the Language Angels Scheme of Work. This scheme of work has been chosen to ensure children meet the national curriculum standards by the end of year six and to prepare them for their transition to key stage three. We also aim to develop a love of life-long learning.

Children are introduced to French in KS1 through other language learning opportunities including the European Day of Languages, greetings, numbers, reading stories and songs in French.

French phonics are taught in Year 3 and continually developed and revised throughout KS2.

We undertake an ongoing teacher assessment to ensure children are progressing and identifying clear next steps.

French Impact

 Through the high quality first teaching of French, we will see the impact of the subject in the following ways;

  • Children will be able to communicate with each other in French.
  • Children will become aware that a language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another.
  • Children will develop their language through development of the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • Children will enrich their language learning by developing an understanding of the French culture. · Children will learn how language skills can be applied to a range of languages.
  • Children will transfer to KS3 effectively and successfully and will be well prepared to continue and develop their language skills.

 Curriculum Documents

Holy Family Whole School Progression Document

Language Angels - Skills progression by year group

Language Angels Progression - Development of key skills including reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar. 

French Key vocabulary mat - Click here

Languages National Curriculum

European Day of Languages

On 26th September 2023, Holy Family celebrated European Day of Languages. Throughout the day the children took part in a range of fun filled activities to find out about different countries and traditions around the world. 

The children tasted different foods, created art work, spoke different languages and took part in some traditional dancing. 

Zebra EDOL: Italy