Key Stage One
French at West Hill Primary School begins in Year One and is taught weekly.
We believe that starting to learn French in Key Stage One gives our pupils the foundations they need to approach their Key Stage 2 National Curriculum requirements with confidence and enthusiasm. To that end, from Year 1 their learning is focused on oral work and building their knowledge of vocabulary. For example they learn songs in French and their foreign language learning will become integrated into their day by having the register taken in French or by labelling classroom objects with French words. We are using a scheme called Early Start French through which children learn about French greetings, numbers, colours, how old they are, months of the year, and speaking about their families.
Pupils in Year 1 will be given a French exercise book which then stays with them until Year 6. This therefore becomes a full portfolio of everything they have learnt from Key Stage One through to the end of primary school, and enables them to reflect on their previous learning during their lessons.
In Year 2 their knowledge continues to build as we introduce more vocabulary and oral work about where they live, directions, their local environment at home and at school. They will also learn to talk about the weather, shopping, food, leisure activities and what they are wearing as well as more numbers, up to 200.
Their objectives therefore are that they will:
- Speak with increasing confidence, find ways of communicating and be able to ask questions.
- Understand and respond to spoken language.
Key Stage Two
As pupils in Key Stage 2 will be new to French this year, they will all start to learn from a scheme of work called Rigolo. They will be learning vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and intonation so that they will be able to:
- Engage in conversations, read and show understanding of their language
- Explore patterns and sounds in French through songs and rhymes
- Read and show understanding
- Write sentences, expressing their ideas clearly and be able to describe people, places and things
- Speak clearly in order to express themselves well, describing people, places and things
- Understand and recognise how to use grammar when reading, writing and speaking.
A more detailed breakdown of each year group’s learning can be found under the menu for Classes on this website.
Supporting their learning at home
There are a number of websites that offer fun games that your children can try at home to support what they are learning at school. Click on the links below to have a go!