At Hutton Henry School we use the Kapow scheme for French. Kapow Primary’s French scheme of work aims to instil a love of language learning and an awareness of other cultures. We want pupils to develop the confidence to communicate in French for practical purposes, using both written and spoken French. We aim to give pupils a foundation for language learning that encourages and enables them to apply their skills to learning further languages, developing a strong understanding of the English language, facilitating future study and opening opportunities to study and work in other countries in the future. Lessons support pupils to meet the national curriculum end of Key stage 2 attainment targets (there are no Key stage 1 attainment targets for Languages).
The teaching of French is designed with six strands that run throughout.
• Speaking and pronunciation
• Reading and writing
• Intercultural understanding
• Language detective skills
French is taught through topic units. The Progression of skills and knowledge show the skills and knowledge that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of Key Stage 2. Pupils are given opportunities to communicate for practical purposes around familiar subjects and routines. Lessons provide balanced opportunities for communication in both spoken and written French, although in Year 3 the focus is on developing oral skills, before incorporating written French in Year 4 and beyond. We teach a spiral curriculum, with key skills and vocabulary revisited repeatedly with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. Cross-curricular links are included throughout our French units, allowing children to make connections and apply their language skills to other areas of their learning.
Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work including role-play, language games and language detective work. French is taught in a scheduled lesson, usually once per week and teachers are encouraged to repeat key language and phrases throughout the week. In EYFS, the children are exposed to a variety of languages and their culture through themed topics.
The impact of French teaching is monitored continuously through both formative and summative assessment. Each lesson teachers assess pupils against the learning objectives.