Here at Thorp Primary School, our aim is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about the French language. Learning a second language will offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, key individuals and cultural differences. The intention is that pupils will feel able and encouraged to continue studying languages beyond Key Stage 2 and ultimately be working towards becoming life-long language learners.
We currently teach French at Thorp Primary School using Salut! Scheme of work to provide high quality, engaging lessons. Salut! allows the children to learn French in a variety of enjoyable ways including role-play, songs and games. We deepen children’s understanding in their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and aim to embed these skills through school. We believe providing children with the knowledge of how language works will lay the foundations for further language learning in the future. The four key language learning skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across Key Stage 2. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and to give children inspiration to pursue languages in their career choices.
Our children are supported in a variety of ways:
- practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall.
- key phrases in French are used regularly within the context of day to day tasks to expose children to the language and reinforce existing knowledge.
- visual and auditory prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary.
- knowledge organisers are available for children to have out on desks to support their learning and recap previous learning.
Curriculum Road Map
Home Learning Resources
French at Home / Useful Websites
Here are some suggestions for ways you can help your child with French at home:
1. Take your child to a museum
France has produced some of the most talented artists, such as Monet and Renoir. Check your local museum’s schedule to see when it is featuring a French-inspired exhibition and enjoy a day out. Entry to museums is often free.
2. Celebrate French holidays
Celebrating important French holidays, such as Bastille Day, will teach your child about French history. Celebrate by making some fun crafts or taking part in holiday traditions. Similar to the Bonfire Night, the French display fireworks.
3. Cook a French meal
Familiarise your child with French cuisine by making a traditional French meal, such as quiche and crème brûlée.
4. Watch a French movie
Fire up Netflix and host a French movie night with your family. Here are some child-friendly French movies you and your child can enjoy: “A Monster in Paris,” “The Red Ballon,” and “Tintin and the Lake of Sharks.”
5. Listen to French music
Do you have a Spotify account? Download some French songs to listen to while at home or on the road. Listening to French music will help familiarise your child with French accents and pronunciations.
You can download and print dozens of free French crosswords and word searches for your child. He or she will have fun playing, while simultaneously learning French vocabulary and simple sentences. Keep a stack in the car for long road trips.
7. Memory game
Create some French flashcards and place them face down on a table. Your child will flip over two cards. If the pictures match, your child will flip over two more cards. The point of the game is to match all of the cards from memory.
8. Colouring books
Purchase a French colouring book for. These colouring books will spark your child’s creativity, while helping them learn various vocabulary words and themes.
9. Read French books
There are lots of beginner French books. Le Petit Prince is one of the most well-known French children’s books. You can find the book in almost any book shop or online.
This French activity is played exactly like the original Hangman version, except you are using French vocabulary words and phrases instead of English.
Here are some website which you might find useful to support learning in French. There are website for information, as well as website with games and activities you could play with your child. (These are all external websites, which the school has no control over).