Our school follows the Rising Stars French programme of teaching which we have chosen as it supports the teaching staff with their knowledge, understanding and pronunciation as well as the children. It is able to develop the children’s skills with French progressively through regular taught lessons using the high- quality foreign languages curriculum. We trialled several different French schemes but found this was the best for our children as it was fun, interactive and engaging.
Children are encouraged and supported to develop their reading, writing speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As their confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences. All of our children in KS2 have French lessons on their time table every two weeks. The lessons are easy to adapt to both in class and home school learning so if children are off self- isolating, they will still be able to access the French curriculum.
We use working walls to support key vocabulary and focus on key aspects to make sure the children are able to review and retain. These are something that we are building upon as new learning and will be identifiable as they move up into each class to consolidate their learning and make links. For the last few years, Redhill has also taken part in different events throughout the year to reinforce our cultural capital whole school as well as in different classes.
We hold French Day as well as celebrating different French festivals and customs, providing the children with opportunities to broaden their knowledge of the language as well as build confidence with others within the school. Due to COVID restrictions, we can still hold these events but they will be class based and risk assessments will support the activities. As we started this programme from a base level last September, we are working on a rolling programme with Year 3 working on Stage 1 and Years 4-6 working on Stage 2. Next year, Years 5 and 6 will be working on Stage 3.
We will be able to measure impact using pupil voice as well as identifying the growing confidence and knowledge of the French language.
The learning challenges used, to plan and teach MFL, ensure that children are accessing work at age related expectations, with regular opportunities to be challenged through higher-level objectives.
Children are assessed according to age related expectations in line with curriculum requirements. This is done in line with the school assessment calendar three times each year using DC Pro, tracking progress and attainment. The children also have the opportunity to self-asses their learning for each module as well. These resources are easily accessible for the class teachers and will provide further support for both the teachers and learners.
COVID -19 Statement
On return to school in September we completed a baseline assessment of all children in Years 2-6. This allowed us to identify gaps in the National Curriculum, we have then added this content onto our long term plan which will allow for catch up coverage to be complete by the end of the academic year 20/21.