We believe that young children should have the opportunity to explore and communicate in another language, broadening horizons to cultures beyond their own, whilst gaining an insight into the ways in which language works.
An energetic and successful early foreign language experience not only develops the self-esteem of children at Powell’s as linguists, but also provides motivation for future language learning. We intend that the children at Powell’s School will feel inspired, prepared, and able to continue studying languages far beyond key stage 2. We encourage positive attitudes towards other languages by harnessing children’s wonderful enthusiasm for learning French, whilst still at a primary school age.
French Programme of Study
The Powell’s French Scheme of Work provides specific, essential linguistic skills in French but importantly, whilst learning French, children are also developing the building blocks and good habits for future foreign language learning and acquisition.
Each KS2 class has a weekly, dedicated French lesson throughout the year, where they have the opportunity to develop their skills and linguistic knowledge through speaking, listening and writing activities, games and songs, in a range of familiar contexts.
In particular they will:
We use an extensive range of resources including Language Angels, Early Start French, Français-Français, Singing French, Take 10 En Français and BBC Primary French. We also use authentic French story books and bi-lingual dictionaries in class, as well as encouraging children to use reliable online dictionaries such as wordreference.com
Children are given a Knowledge Organiser at the start of each new unit, which they use as a reference to the target language, grammar and sounds.
Our aim is to engage all children through the enjoyment of a truly wide variety of activities and approaches, so that they gain confidence in their ability to write in French and to speak in front of an audience. They will leave Powell’s as young linguists, looking forward to continuing an exploration of language learning at secondary school.