Ancient and Modern Foreign Languages
At Grimsargh St Michael’s we are passionate about “inspiring, believing and achieving in our loving Christian community.” Learning a language is a great way to do this, and at our school the children enjoy learning French.
Since September 2014, the new National Curriculum has made learning a language compulsory in Key Stage 2. With Primary Languages Network’s team’s history, knowledge, and background, we were impressed with their standards, curriculum, and teaching style. The majority of schools only offer the language that teachers feel most able to cope with, however, with Primary Languages Network, our teachers are able to learn on-the-go, teach interactively, attend CPD events, have the opportunity to practice conversationally and use online resources during class. Primary Languages Network has given our teachers and pupils confidence to speak another language. It also provides footage of native French speakers in every lesson to help both staff and children with their French pronunciation. Staff are able to work at the pace of the children following a set curriculum, but also being able to dip into resources linked to the class topics and the children’s interests.
Have a look at which topics our classes are learning about in the long term plan for key stage 2:
When learning a language there are four key skills to consider, listening, speaking, reading and writing, which are all equally important, and embedded in each half term’s topic. This document shows a progression of these skills: French progression of skills
French update: April 2022
During the Spring Term Mrs Slattery has been working with some of the languages staff at Arch Bishop Temple School regarding how to develop our French teaching. They have been part of a pilot scheme which is looking at changing and improving how high schools teach languages. Following their guidance Mrs Slattery has begun trialing a new scheme of work with Years 3 and 6, prioritising phonics, grammar and vocabulary as three interwoven threads of the French curriculum. With these two year groups we are now using this progression of skills: Language Progression KS2 French – 2022. Currently Years 4 and 5 are continuing with the previous (above) scheme of work and progression of skills.