Children at Biggin Hill Primary School learn French throughout Key Stage 2 using the Salut scheme of work. This incorporates speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Through learning French the children are encouraged to broaden their horizons by considering cultural differences and similarities, and the lives of people in other countries. We also aim to build a strong foundation of language learning for the children to build on at secondary school.
French lessons are fun and interactive with a wide range of short, sharp activities, including games, songs, stories, conversations and written work, designed to develop the children's skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The children are also introduced to different languages in our annual International Week in the summer term.
The children are taught to:
- Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of other; seek clarification and help
- Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
- Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
- Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
- Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
- Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including: feminine and masculine forms and the conjugation of high frequency words; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English