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To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world'.

Chinese Proverb

 

What are Languages?

A language is a system of communication, which consists of a set of sounds and written symbols which are used by the people of a particular country or region for talking or writing.  Collins Dictionary

 

Why do we study Languages?

The study of language opens pupils’ minds and opens doors of opportunity. It develops a deep cultural awareness that is difficult to grasp without an understanding of the linguistic heritage of countries. The goals of wanting pupils to broaden their horizons, converse with others, explore cultures and strengthen their economic prospects will only be reached when we build firm boundaries of language learning.

Ofsted Research Review Series – June 2021

The National curriculum states the aims of the study of languages as:

  • To understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity
  • Write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

 

Through their study of the Opossum Languages curriculum, we intend that pupils will:

Develop phonics, vocabulary and grammar in target language (French)

The main tasks for early stage learners of another language are to secure the pillars of phonics, grammar and vocabulary in that language. Strengthening knowledge and understanding of these components enables learners to pronounce words correctly and structure their sentences accurately to communicate with others. We recognise that the vast majority of pupils at our school are novices in relation to speaking our target language –French – and will therefore need to increase confidence with these language pillars over time.

 

Broaden pupils’ horizons

Learning to communicate in another language creates opportunities for pupils. As they continue their studies towards expertise, opportunities for further study and employment open up to them.

 

Connect with others, as they are able to communicate with a wider range of people

Being able to communicate with someone using a common language is a rewarding human experience. Having friends and meeting new people can create joy in life.

 

Deepen connection to other cultures as they develop appreciation of the art, traditions and society of another culture

Learning a language builds cultural understanding and enables insights into how other communities see the world.

 

 Speak, listen, read and write with increasing fluency and confidence in the target language.

Pupils will use their secure knowledge of the building blocks of language (phonics, grammar and vocabulary) to communicate verbally and in writing in the target language. They will be able to engage in a simple oral conversation as well as being able to read and write passages in French.

 

Opossum Values

Through their study of Languages (French), Opossum values are realised.

Being respectful – Show appreciation for others and value their language, culture and heritage.

Being aspirational – hold a firm belief that all pupils are able to learn another language and can become increasing competent in communicating in it.

Being caring – develop empathy and connection with others from cultures where the target language is spoken.

Having integrity –produce sounds and pronounce words with accuracy

Being creative – Use the pillars of language to create their own oral and written texts.

Being community minded – connect with others and communicate with people within their community and beyond their experience.

 

Scope and sequence

The Opossum Languages (French) curriculum fulfils and exceeds the requirements of the National curriculum.

Languages are taught at KS2 in line with National Curriculum requirements. Learning is sequenced to develop knowledge of grammatical structures and build a vocabulary base, which pupils can use to construct sentences to communicate with others.

Pupils learn to pronounce sounds accurately and blend them to say words in French.  They are introduced to grammatical features such as  the masculine and feminine forms, pronouns and verbs. They learn  set phrases used commonly in conversation such as  ‘Quelle heure est-il?   (what time is it?)  and   how to respond.

Vocabulary is selected to enable pupils to have conversations about familiar topics and about those which are likely to interest them. These include parts of the body, colours, food and time vocabulary.  Vocabulary topics are repeated throughout the curriculum to secure the target language through spaced learning and repetition. Over time, pupils learn to  combine  vocabulary to   speak and write in more complex sentences.  Throughout the curriculum, pupils have the opportunity to speak, listen, read and write in French.

The curriculum exceeds the requirements of the National Curriculum through the inclusion of learning about elements of French culture. They learn vocabulary and information about significant aspects of the French heritage such as Bastille Day. This learning supports our intention of deepening connection to other cultures – thereby increasing pupils’ own cultural capital.

 

 

Autumn 1

 

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 3

Vocab/Grammar

Introductions/

Greetings

Numbers to 10

 

 

Vocabulary

Greetings

Instructions

Colour names

Grammar

Masculine/feminine

Write a sentence

Culture

Christmas

Vocabulary

Clothing

Family

Days/Months

Grammar

nouns

Possessive adjectives

Pronouns (il,elle)

Vocabulary

Body parts

Colours

Numbers to 20

Grammar

Definite article

Masculine, feminine

adjectives

Culture

Easter

Vocabulary

Farm animals

Grammar

Indefinite article (un/une)

nouns

Verbs

Create sentences

Masculine/feminine

Vocabulary

Food

Grammar

I like/I do not like

Culture

Tour de France

Bastille Day

Year 4

Vocabulary

Colours

Numbers to 31

Days/months

Grammar

Il y a (there are)

Date

Quelle est..?

Culture

Christmas traditions

Sing a carol

 

 

Vocabulary

Animals and habitats

Sports/hobbies

Grammar

C’est qui ? (who is it?)

Qui habite? (who lives?)

Adjectives

Je joue au

Je fais du/de la

Infinitive verbs

Vocabulary

Clothing

Food

 

Grammar

Plurals

Culture

C’est bon pour la sante ?(Is it good for health?)

qu'est ce qu'il manque (What’s missing ?)

Vocabulary

Compass points

Transport

Nursery rhyme

Grammar

C’est..ou… (Is it or…)

Je vais (I go…)

Comment vas-tu? (How do you?)

Culture

Countries where French is spoken

Mardi Gras/Easter

Vocabulary

Weather

Family

Grammar

Quelle temps fait-il? (what is the weather.?)

J’ai /Je n’ai pas (I have/have not)

Vocabulary

Body parts

Grammar

Translate sentences

Montrez-moi (show me)

Culture

Tour de France

Bastille Day

Year 5

Vocabulary

Meet and Greet

Numbers to 60

Date

Seasons

Grammar

Quelle est la date aujourd’hui?

Compound sentences

adverbs

 

 

Vocabulary

Sports/hobbies

Physical activity

Toys and household items

Grammar

Numbers in games

Culture

Petanque

Christmas traditions

Carol singing

Vocabulary

The high street

Grammar

Sentence building

Vocabulary

Food

Ordering food

Grammar

Pronunciation

Connectives -mais/aussi

Culture

Food in France

Vocabulary

Time

clothing

location

weather

Grammar

Quelle heure est-il ?

Adjectives

J’habite….

Vocabulary

Transport and journey planning Culture

Stereotypes and misconceptions

Learning another language

Where is French spoken ?

Tour de France

Bastille Day

Year 6

Vocabulary

Classroom objects

School uniform

Personal details

Grammar

J’ai/Je n’ai pas

Create sentences

Extending sentences: Parce que/car (because)

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary

Family names

Professions/jobs

Toys/Household items

Grammar

Mon/ma/mes

Gender of nouns

Culture

Why is learning a language important?

Christmas traditions

Christmas carol

Vocabulary

Homes -rooms

Adjectives -size

Grammar

Writing a descriptive paragraph

Vocabulary

Furniture

Food

Breakfast food

Grammar

Ordering food

Culture

Food in France

Mardi Gras and Easter

Vocabulary

Accommodation

Transport

Tourist attractions /events

Grammar

Future tense

Booking accommodation

Culture

Where is French spoken in the world?

Vocabulary

Time

Grammar

Phonics ‘qu’

Culture

Stereotypes /Cultural perceptions

Tour de France

Bastille Day

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