Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
In the teaching of MFL at Stanford Junior and Infant School we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with an aim of making substantial progress in one language. In addition, children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for further language learning in future. We believe that learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others, which feeds into our whole school ethos where many religions and cultures are represented.
Children develop their love of language learning and develop skills throughout their time in school.
In KS2, children are taught in weekly sessions by their class teacher. Details of topics covered in each year group can be found on the MFL curriculum area of our school website. Our children learn through active participation in actions, rhymes, stories, song, grammar focus, video clips, sentence structure, dictionary work, and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.
Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures. These are as follows:
Why not try some of the following link to order to improve your French at home!
http://www.french-games.net/ - a wonderful site with plenty of interactive resources, games and activities for every level of French speaker
http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2french.html - loads of interactive resources to help you get to grips with basic vocab.
Mamalisa - poetry, songs and links from around the world
BBC - Primary French
Primary Resources - French: numbers, colours, animals, time, weather, food & drink, the body, clothing, friends & family, hobbies & sport, school, around town, seasonal
Momes.net - a fabulous French site, always up to the minute news, good for inter-cultural development
A series of Powerpoint documents todownload that build into a French language course.
The children have been learning about different types of fruit in French. To learn this is a fun way we have learnt a song “I like fruit”
The children did this without any backing tracks but we did leave the video in the background so you can guess what they are singing about.
I like fruit
I like bananas
I like fruit
And apples as well
I like fruit
I like oranges
I like fruit
And pears as well
I like bananas
And I like apples
And apples too
I like oranges
And I like pears
And pears too……..
And the song repeats with new fruit.
As the Year 4 children have loved learning to speak French so much, we decided to have a chance to practise our skills and open a French Café for the KS2 children to enjoy.
First we had to create a menu and add some useful phrases which would help the children to order food.
We had some French foods for the children to try – Brioche, Croissant and Baguettes with butter, cheese or jam and orange or blackcurrant to drink. Then we got our classroom ready for our clients by arranging the tables, putting on table cloths and decorating the tables with candles and decorative stones. With a bit of French music to create a cosmopolitan atmosphere we were ready for business!!
Each client was served by their own personal waiter who greeted them, guided them to their table and took their orders.
The Year 4 children were very busy taking orders, serving food and then washing up afterwards. The atmosphere was great, the children had fun practising their French and it allowed the children a chance to try different foods.
Our clients gave us lots of positive comments:-
“I thought it was lots of fun”
“I thought it was exciting to have my own personal waiter”
“The waiters were lovely and the food was great”
“I likes the restaurant because it had table cloths and decorations”
“I loved trying new foods and the role play”
“The menus were very helpful as they had pictures to help”
“Great service and loved the atmosphere”
“Year 4 tried really hard with speaking French. It was lots of fun”
“I liked having the chance to speak French and I was praised for speaking back to the waiters in French”
The Year 4 children enjoyed the experience too:-
“I felt like an actual waiter”
“I liked having more experience speaking French”
“I liked serving people”
“I liked eating the food at the end”
By the time the children had served the other Key Stage 2 classes, done 3 lots of washing up and cleared away they were exhausted…….but they weren’t so tired that they couldn’t finish off the rest of the food!! It was a lovely morning.
This afternoon Juniper class loved practising their French greetings outdoors.
The children in Poppy Class have enjoyed learning French and have learnt a lot in a very short time. Here they are showing off their linguistic skills
The children have been fantastic at learning a new language. So far they have learned how to say “Hello” and “Goodbye” in different ways. They can say what their name is, how they are feeling and how old they are. We have started looking at numbers to 31. To make it fun we had a game of Bingo so the children could practise their numbers. ‘Les yeux baissés pour une salle comble’……..eyes down for a full house!
This morning we transformed the hall into a French café. We practised our French ordering our breakfast. We also shared some of the fantastic learning that we have been doing in Juniper class including our Stanford Bake off projects, our Mayan masks and our inspirational logs. We also showcased how we improve our writing skills by using edit stations.
Here are some of our wonderful reviews:
The children have been learning to follow instructions in French.
These are the ones we have been trying…..
If you are not having any luck with English try telling them what to do in French……it works for me!!!
As Pumpkin class enjoy learning foreign languages we arranged for a video call to Beijing so the children could learn about China and its language Mandarin. Approx 1 billion people in the world speak Mandarin making it the most spoken language in the world.
The children were able to speak to a teacher called Jining Wang who lives in China’s capital city. Jening showed us what her home looked like and showed us pictures of China’s famous places – the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. She then taught the children how to say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ in Mandarin.
The children were really quick to grasp the language and the teacher was very impressed with them. She tried to catch the children out with a game of Simon Says but the children were too clever to be caught out!
This was a fantastic opportunity for the children, some of whom have never had video calls before, and they really enjoyed it. They were talking about it all day they were so excited.
见 (zài jiàn): See you again!