At Hemlington Hall Academy, our children learn to speak French as a further way to learn about another country and another culture. Children are equipped to express their ideas and thoughts in another language through practical and engaging lessons, which including speaking, reading and writing new words, phrases and sentences.
Ten things to celebrate about Languages at Hemlington Hall Academy are:
1. MFL has been a compulsory part of the curriculum for KS2 since 2013. Individual schools were allowed to choose which language their children would learn: Hemlington Hall chose French.
2. In KS1 we still believe that it is important for children to be introduced to foreign languages. Therefore, French is introduced through songs and answering the register.
3. A scheme of work is employed to ensure all children learn age-appropriate skills.
4. We are currently using ‘la jolie ronde’ scheme of work across KS2. This resource consists of a carefully structured learning plan for each year group, which has sound discs, interactive whiteboard resources and also printable resources to complement the lessons.
5. Annual reports to parents and carers include the assessment of Languages through children’s listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.
6. ‘Chante en francais’ discs 1 & 2 have songs that link up to lessons in la jolie ronde.
7. During lessons, all skills are used to aid learning and retention.
8. As the children move up through the key stage, more and more emphasis is put on grammar and the knowledge of masculine and feminine vocabulary.
9. Children practice dictionary work.
10. Following Year 6 transitions to secondary school, positive feedback has been provided of the skills our children leave with as they move up to the next stage in their education.
Key Stage 2
Pupils should be 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 others; 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 (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; 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.