At St Joseph’s, we teach French as our chosen Modern Foreign Language. We believe that learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. Language deepens children’s understanding of the world and helps them develop their speaking and listening skills, which will prepare them for the future.
We develop pupil’s speaking, listening and understanding skills through the use of the Salut! scheme of work to teach children in Years 3 to 6. The teaching in Key Stage 2 is progressive and is built upon each year, supported by the guidance material within the ‘Salut’ scheme of work.
Teachers use a variety of techniques enabling pupils to have an active engagement within their modern foreign language lessons. This includes games, role-play and action songs. Lessons include introductions to key vocabulary for each lesson, flashcards to support learning, as well as games and songs to reinforce the learning objective. Lessons are intended to be as enjoyable and entertaining as possible, as we realise that this approach serves to develop a positive attitude to the learning of another language. The ‘Salut’ scheme is organised into units of work; three core units, followed by multiple units which cover children’s day-to-day routines, as well as their interests and home life.
We consider learning a foreign language, an essential part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and so we ensure that other cultures and celebrations are celebrated as a whole school. This year we will celebrate Bastille Day (French National day) on 14th July.