Our vision is that in offering modern foreign language teaching at Peterhouse, we will:
- Social and cultural, Language.
By the time a child leaves Peterhouse they will have had the opportunity to:
Learning a language means our children grow up with this understanding as their world-view is developing. It opens them to experiences, cultures and friendships that would otherwise be excluded to them. We want our children to have every opportunity for joy and enrichment. For this reason, although not statutory, we start children in their journey of loving speaking a new language in EYFS.
For more detail on our vision, aims and intent, please see our Vision and Rationale for Teaching French and Intent Statement:
All of our classes will have access to a very high-quality foreign languages curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources. This will progressively develop pupil skills in Modern Foreign Languages through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons in Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Our children will build on previous knowledge gradually as their foreign language lessons continue to recycle, revise and consolidate previously learnt language whilst building on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Grammar is integrated and taught discreetly throughout all appropriate units.
We have a unit planner in place which will serve as an overall ‘teaching map’ outlining for all teachers within the school what each class in each year group will be taught and when it will be taught. Each class in each year group will have an overview of units to be taught during the academic year to ensure substantial progress and learning is achieved. Each teaching unit is divided into 6 fully planned lessons:
· Each unit and lesson will have clearly defined objectives and aims.
· Each lesson will incorporate interactive whiteboard materials to include ample speaking and listening tasks within a lesson.
· Lessons will incorporate challenge sections and desk-based activities that will be offered will three levels of stretch and differentiation. These may be sent home as homework if not completed in class.
· Reading and writing activities will be offered in all units. Some extended reading and writing activities are provided so that native speakers can also be catered for.
· Every unit will include a grammar concept which will increase in complexity as pupils move from Early Language units, through Intermediate units and into Progressive units.
· Extending writing activities are provided to ensure that pupils are recalling previously learnt language and, by reusing it, will be able to recall it and use it with greater ease and accuracy. These tasks will help to link units together and show that pupils are retaining and recalling the language taught with increased fluency and ease.
Our units are progressive within themselves as subsequent lessons within a unit build on the language and knowledge taught in previous lessons. As our children progress though the lessons in a unit they will build their knowledge and develop the complexity of the language they use.
For more detail on our implementation of French, please our Implementation Statement:
Our French Curriculum facilitates progression for all our children and enables them to access all of the intended language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar. The cyclical design of our intended coverage allows for commitment to and retrieval from long-term memory so that these become securely embedded.
For more detail on the progression of our curriculum, please see our Skills Progression, Progression Map and Grammar Targets:
We provide a varied Curriculum that affords our children access to a wide variety of opportunities to acquire and enjoy applying their French language learning through a range of contexts, from Nursery Rhymes all the way through to conversational skills.
For more detail on the coverage of our curriculum, please see our Unit Planners
French Unit Plan 2021 2022
French Unit Plan 2022 2023
For more detail on assessment and the intended impact of our curriculum, please see our Impact Statement and Assessment Exemplars: