The National Curriculum stipulates that all primary schools should teach another language to Key Stage 2 children. Here at St. Monica’s we felt it was equally important to expose our younger children to another language and learn about the culture of the country, so all our children from Reception to Y6 are now taught French as a Modern Foreign Language
A change in the Modern Foreign Language taught
In 2016, we consulted with parents and all our feeder high schools. This research helped to provide our school with key information about how best to tailor our MFL provision to effectively meet the future needs of our children when they move up from Y6 to Y7 and enter Key Stage 3 National Curriculum. We felt that this was important to ensure that our provision effectively meets the needs of our children and the expectations of our colleagues in secondary schools in the locality.
We then made the decision to change our Modern Foreign Language teaching from Spanish to French and this was implemented in September 2017. All the children in our school started to learn French at the same time.
Planned Changes to the delivery of French in School with effect from September 2019
From September 2019, whilst we shall continue to receive the support and utilise the planning materials and resources available from the Primary Language Network, the teaching of French will now be delivered in house by Mrs. Hayley Senior, overseen by the Head teacher and the MFL Subject Champion, Mrs. Keleher. Mrs. Senior will deliver sessions to Years 1 – 6, whilst Mrs. Keleher will continue to deliver French sessions to the children in Reception Class. Mrs. Keleher will continue to speak French daily to the children and invite them to respond during register time, weather time and through counting, rhyme, story and song.
Mrs. Senior will deliver French to all our other classes in Key Stages 1 & 2, using the planning and resources of the Primary Languages Network.
Learning will continue to be interactive, visual and engaging and will take place through song, mime, dance, stories, puppets and games for our younger children.
Upper Key Stage 2 children will also be encouraged to converse and engage in written French as per the expectations of the Key Stage National Curriculum requirements. At the end of last term, our Year 6 children performed parts of a French play to their families.
Mrs. Keleher will continue to run a Key Stage 1 French Club after school after the October half term.
We have made links with a partner primary school in French and our plan is to develop this link and match Year 4 and 5 children with children of a similar age in our partner school.
Celebrating French Culture through our whole school
French Festival Days
We held our first in July 2018 and continued our celebrations in February 2019 and invited our friends from North Cheshire Jewish Primary School. At these events, each class was invited to engage in a celebration of French music and culture, including a visit to a French Café, creating artwork in the style of Matisse, constructing the Eiffel Tower, a ‘tour’ around Paris, playing boules in our P.E. sessions and French Bingo.
French Evenings for Parents
In Summer 2018, we held our first French Evening of song and drama for Y3 and Y4 Parents and invited parents to partake in some French cheese and wine refreshments in the interval.
In Summer 2019, our Y6 Parents will be invited to a performance of short French Plays to celebrate the children’s learning. The Y6 children are already rehearsing for this performance.