At Newton Farm, we have a specialist French teacher who offers lessons to all pupils from Year 1 through to Year 6.
The aims of the MFL Department are to expose children to a foreign language and to promote a cultural interest while developing good foreign language learning habits which will build a strong academic foundation for High School.
At Newton Farm School, every child from Year 1 to 6 is taught French, we believe it gives our pupils an opportunity to acquire language learning skills from an early age. Children have 20 to 30 minutes sessions once a week at KS1 and 45 minutes to 1 hour at KS2.
At KS1 the language is mainly taught through songs, games and dances with the emphasis being very much on fun based activities. Children in Year 1 and 2 learn simple topics such as numbers, colours, shapes, days of the week and greetings together with a selected set of vocabulary. Simple phrases and easy grammatical concepts like action verbs and genders are also introduced through fun activities.
At KS2, our pupils follow a structured course which is built up from KS1. Children get familiarised with a precise list of vocabulary, learn their spellings and use what they learn in different contexts. Pupils are now encouraged to communicate in French every week during the "warm up" session. The course becomes challenging with the addition of role play in Year 4 and project works on France's geography, history and culture in Year 5 and Year 6. Pupils learn all the main grammatical structures like sentence building, present tense, main verbs and negative forms. Extended activity packs are added (talking about ones hobbies, feelings, family, shopping scenarios, describing objects and people, writing simple letters) to enable our high achieving pupils to excel in the language.
We believe it is essential to evaluate pupil progress in the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Formative assessments are held every term in pupils speaking, reading and listening skills and a written test is held once a year in April. The department also tests vocabulary acquisition once a term basis at all levels, using flash cards in Year 1 and Year 2 and giving a spelling test at KS2.