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French at St Dunstan’s We start to teach French at the beginning of Year 3. This is the first year for the children to learn another language, so the main emphasis is on familiarising children with the sounds and speech patterns of the new language. So, we give plenty of opportunities for children to enjoy listening to and joining in with a range of songs and poems to develop their confidence and self-expression.

Through a practical learning approach, children learn to differentiate unfamiliar sounds and words and mimic and play with new sounds. Children talk, listen and mimic French words and phrases during their learning so they are able to show understanding and begin to use some of them independently in simple communicative activities and role plays.

Children listen to a variety of voices during their learning: the class teacher and native speakers on screen, videos and songs. As children listen to sounds, words and phrases they repeat and chorus, so learn accurate pronunciation. Gradually, children learn to link simple phonemes and spellings then as they develop confidence, they begin to read a few familiar sounds and words. Over the course of the year, children will write letters and familiar words and may write some familiar words from memory.

At this initial stage of learning French, children begin to foster their interest in the similarities and differences between languages and begin to think how they are learning the new language.

By the end of Key Stage 2, children have become more confident users of language and can reflect on their knowledge of learning a language to make meanings that matter to them, i.e. they are beginning to independently apply language learning strategies.

In Year 6, children listen to texts and learn to pick out the main points and some details. They enjoy listening to and joining in with a wide range of songs, poems and stories to develop their confidence and self-expression. They have learnt to sustain short conversations and enjoy sharing simple accounts of events using a model/structure to support them. Children read a variety of longer texts from different text types. They read aloud with greater confidence and enjoyment and will have learnt a text or dialogue to perform it in front of an audience.

Using models and from repeated practise, children learn to write simple sentences from memory and will work to develop their writing to construct short text.

To support your child at home please click on the vocabulary for each year group to practice them with your child. The following websites are useful to help your children practise their learning at home:



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