At Elvetham Heath Primary School children learn French from Year 3 to Year 6. The overall aim of teaching French is to foster an enthusiasm for languages, while at the same time providing a solid grounding in French and encouraging a broader cultural understanding.
Pupils are taught to listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding. They explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs, rhymes and games. PowerPoint, flashcards, card games, songs, chants, raps, dice games, puppets, French story books, CDs, DVDs and various visual aids all contribute to a stimulating learning environment.
Pupils are taught to speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures. Across the 4 years they learn to develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
Pupils learn to understand basic French grammar, including masculine and feminine forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs. They also learn key features and patterns of the French language.
Pupils are taught to read, write, speak and listen in French, with the aim being that, by the end of Year 6, they will be able to form and understand complete sentences across a variety of topics, in preparation for continued language learning in Year 7 and beyond.
French is taught in PPA time in a 3 week timetable alongside Music and P.E. Lesson times vary depending on the rotation. When French is weekly in the morning rotation it is taught for at least 45 minutes. When French is in the afternoon rotation for a year group it is taught for an hour every 2 out of 3 weeks.
Children perform French dialogues or songs in Focus Assemblies. ‘Alouette’ is the favourite so far.
Elvetham Heath Primary School is twinned with Ecole du Centre in Saint Cloud near Paris. We exchange letters and cards in French and English. We also share photos of our school and town with each other. Children enjoy receiving letters and drawings from their French penfriends.