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Mere School Curriculum Statement


At Mere School we believe all our children have the right to succeed, to have high aspirations for their future lives and develop who they are in a respectful and caring environment. Our school ethos is firmly rooted in our school vision - 'We enjoy - we learn - we achieve'.


French at home or Le Francais a la maison


Bonjour les enfants! I am really missing our fun French lessons but just because we aren't all in school doesn't mean that we can't keep learning. There are SO many things that you can do at home to improve your French skills and just think how many words you're all going to be able to add to your word pots in class when I see you next!


The very best thing you can all do is get the Duo Lingo app. It's free and you can get it on a  computer or tablet or phone. Some of you have seen it in class and I know that others of you already use it. If you can do 10 or 15 minutes a day, then you're going to be French experts in no time!


bientôt, Madame Smith




Le Francais - c'est super!

The National Curriculum for languages aims to:
- foster an interest in learning other languages;
- introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun;
- stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language;
- encourage the children to be aware that language has structure and that the structure differs
  from one language to another;
- help the children to develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries;
- develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
Pupils learn to:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating
   what  they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually
   improving the accuracy of theirpronunciation and intonation.
- write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical
   structures that they have learnt.
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

Subject content for KS2

A modern foreign language is not part of the curriculum for KS1, but all of our children learn French.
The children learn how to:

*  listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
*  explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling,
   sound and meaning of words.
*  engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of
   others; seek clarification and help.
*  speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
*  develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading
   aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
*  present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
*  read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
*  appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
*  broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced
   into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.
*  write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.
*  describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.
*  ask and answer questions.
*  use correct pronunciation and grammar.
*  memorise words.
*  interpret meaning.
*  understand basic grammar.
*  use dictionaries.
*  work in pairs and communicate in French.
*  look at life in another culture.


French Progression

French Vocabulary Progression - working documents