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French

At Bournes Green Junior School we have a very clear aim for French: we want to ensure that every child has a real opportunity to learn a foreign language, producing future linguists. We want to build solid language learning foundations at a primary level so a passion for languages and subsequent linguistic success will follow.

In speaking, pupils will build up a bank of core vocabulary that they can relate to and re-use in French, thus helping develop their memory and retention skills. We begin to move from single words to short, simple phrases. Pupils further their knowledge by learning how to create longer and more complex spoken sentences within a topic. Pupils learn how to use scaffolds and reference materials to improve their range of spoken vocabulary. Pupils speak with improved fluency and ease using full sentences (from memory) on a wider variety of topics. Pupils learn to manipulate the French language and learn that language is transferable from topic to topic. This, in turn, enables them to express more personalised ideas and meaning. Pupils will also start to be able to move from speaking in the 1st person singular (speaking about themselves) to 3rd person singular.

In listening, pupils are taught to understand very short passages of French that they hear. The French language they hear is based on the language they have been taught during the lesson so they are not exposed to anything that they will be unfamiliar with. We use simple, familiar stories like Little Red Riding Hood. We encourage pupils to listen to stories they will be familiar with in English but in French pupils are taught to appreciate familiar stories and songs in French using stories such as 'Goldilocks & The Three Bears'. They are taught to understand longer, more complex passages of spoken language that is based on taught language with much more new and unfamiliar language weaved in.

In reading, pupils learn to identify cognates (words that are similar in English and French) and start to learn how to decode written text they are presented with. Pupils will be reading short passages of text based on the units they are studying. Pupils will become more confident in their ability to decode text they read, using a dictionary for language they are less familiar with if necessary.