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Modern Foreign Languages

 

“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.”(Chinese proverb)

 

Studying a language in primary school provides children with essential skills. As well as giving them the opportunity to learn a second language, an increasingly important skill in our globalised society, it also helps to promote and develop a broader intercultural understanding. The study of a second language also supports children’s general literacy and oracy, by raising awareness of their own language and thereby enriching their understanding of both. Furthermore, primary languages are about fun, communication, confidence building, developing learning strategies, learning about similarities and differences and respecting others.

 

At Coten End Primary School, Modern Foreign Languages are introduced formally across all of Key Stage 2. The MFL curriculum is based on a scheme of work developed by our secondary trained subject leader Vicky Allison. Where possible she endeavours to link MFL lessons to our learning themes, although some units are taught discretely. Culture plays a huge part in MFL lessons. Festivals/celebrations are taught where appropriate throughout the year to each year group e.g European Day of Languages, Bastille Day, Christmas, etc.

 

In Years 3, 4 and 5 French is the main language taught. Year 5 children have the opportunity to exchange letters and cards, written in the target language, several times a year with their pen-pals who live in Sérignan, France.

 

In Year 6 the children are taught a term of French, German and Spanish in order to give them a taster of all three languages and provide the children with good language learning strategies as a solid foundation for future language learning. Having taught at our main feeder school, Myton School, for 15 year, Mrs Allison is well aware of where the children need to be at the end of Key Stage 2 and she has been able to set up strong links between the two schools.

 

Link to National Curriculum for KS2 languages:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239042/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Languages.pdf

Links to useful websites for practising at home:

http://www.euroclubschools.co.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/french/

http://www.frenchspanishonline.com/beginnersfrench/freefrench.html

 

Bonjour!

 

In order to help raise the profile of French across the school and build spoken confidence within the children we have introduced a weekly French word/sentence. In each classroom there is a laminated poster displaying the weekly word/sentence and the aim is that adults and children use it as much as possible during the week. If the children get used to seeing language 'in action' it will make it all much more worthwhile. Also, it will mean that when children start French with me in Year 3 they will already have learnt a fair few words and phrases and by the time they leave Coten End they will have a good phrase bank ready for their language learning at secondary school and to use if they travel to a French speaking country.  It would be great if you could encourage the children to use the words at home too!

 

Merci!

 

Madame Allison

WORD OF THE WEEK - AUTUMN 2017

MOTS/PHRASES DE LA SEMAINE

DATE

WORD/SENTENCE

DEFINITION

PRONUNCIATION

21/11

Bonjour

Hello

‘Bon-j-or’

27/11

Au revoir

Goodbye

‘oh revwar’

4/12

merci

Thank you

‘mer-see’

11/12

s’il vous plaît

please

‘see voo play’

18/12

Joyeux Noël

Happy Christmas

‘j-why-uh no-el’

 

 

WORD OF THE WEEK - SPRING 2018

 

8/1

Bonne Année

Happy New Year

‘bon annay’

15/1

Pardon

Sorry and excuse-me

Emphasise ‘on’ at the end

22/1

voilà

Here you go

‘vwa la’

29/1

A bientôt

See you soon

‘a bee an toe’

5/2

A plus tard

See you later

‘a ploo tar’

12/2

Désolé

Sorry

‘day zo lay’

 

 

 

 

26/2

J’ai froid

I’m cold

‘jay fwa’

5/3

J’ai chaud

I’m hot

‘jay show’

12/3

J’ai faim

I’m hungry

‘jay fam’

19/3

J’ai soif

I’m thirsty

‘jay swaf’

26/3

Joyeuses Pâques

Happy Easter

‘jwhy ers pack’

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