MFL: French

An overview of French at Meadow

Meadow provides an encouraging environment in which all children can experience success in learning a new language. French is taught throughout Key Stage Two, with all children having the opportunity to explore other languages through a range of activities also. We recognise that learning a language helps pupils to develop communication skills, including key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing and to give a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.

The majority of children at Meadow have English as a first language but we encourage staff and children who speak any other language to share their knowledge and skills. Meadow hosts a Turkish Club led by children who speak Turkish as their first language whilst being supported by teaching staff.

Our school follows the Primary Languages Network scheme of work, which is known as PLN. It is a live scheme which is continually updated and revised in order to meet with current curriculum standards. Alongside the planning provided, the network also enriches this through a wide variety of child friendly resources; these also include audio and video activities that are presented by native speakers and that develop correct pronunciation. A range of teaching methods are implemented to ensure that the children are developing their linguistic skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing in preparation for Key Stage Three. Activities consist of: actions; rhymes; stories; songs; drama; video clips; dictionary work, language detective tasks; and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.

Where appropriate, children are encouraged to make links with other areas of the curriculum.

In addition to our network materials, teachers and pupils may draw upon other resources housed in school, including: websites, books, Early Start French Scheme, board games, and dictionaries. Linguascope games and activities are often used to consolidate learning and pupils have their own access to this site at home and in school.