At Barming Primary School, we believe that learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our children. With weekly French lessons in Key Stage 2, the focus will be on reading, writing and speaking. Learning French will begin to give the children a new perspective on the world around them and encourage a newfound understanding of their own culture and those of others.
As a school we aim to instil a love of language learning and an awareness of other cultures. We want pupils to develop the confidence to communicate in French for practical purposes, using both written and spoken French. Through our chosen scheme of work, we aim to give pupils a foundation for language learning that encourages and enables them to apply their skills to learning further languages, developing a strong understanding of the English language, facilitating future study and opening opportunities to study and work in other countries in the future.
At Barming Primary School, we follow the Kapow scheme of work. Kapow is a scheme of work that allows children to discover, play, sing, move, think and interact with their peers and class teachers. The six strands that are focused on are:
• Speaking and pronunciation
• Reading and writing
• Intercultural understanding
• Language detective skills
Through Kapow Primary’s French scheme, pupils are given opportunities to communicate for practical purposes around familiar subjects and routines. The scheme provides balanced opportunities for communication in both spoken and written French, although in Year 3 the focus is on developing oral skills, before incorporating written French in Year 4 and beyond.
The impact of learning will be measured by:
The impact of chosen scheme can be monitored continuously through both formative and summative assessment. Each lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives.
After the implementation of Kapow Primary French, pupils should leave school equipped with a range of language-learning skills to enable them to study French, or any other language, with confidence at Key Stage 3.
The expected impact of following the Kapow Primary French scheme of work is that children will:
Be able to engage in purposeful dialogue in practical situations (e.g., ordering in a cafe, following directions) and express an opinion.
Make increasingly accurate attempts to read unfamiliar words, phrases, and short texts.
Speak and read aloud with confidence and accuracy in pronunciation.
Demonstrate understanding of spoken language by listening and responding appropriately.
Use a bilingual dictionary to support their language learning.
Be able to identify word classes in a sentence and apply grammatical rules they have learnt.
Have developed an awareness of cognates and near-cognates and be able to use them to tackle unfamiliar words in French, English, and other languages.
Be able to construct short texts on familiar topics.
Meet the end of Key Stage 2 stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for Languages.
Have a look at our Scheme of work: