Teaching & Learning French
At Dundonald, children are first introduced to French in the Early Years.
They begin to become familiar with the language through simple songs, games and stories, led by a specialist language teacher.
Our aim is to ensure they enjoy the process of learning a new language at an age where they have fewer inhibitions and are very open to new experiences.
This continues in Key Stage 1, where the children have weekly French lessons, during which they continue to enjoy songs and games and begin to develop the skills needed to have a simple conversation.
In Key Stage 2 each class has an hour a week of French, with teaching based on the objectives of the National Curriculum Languages Programme of Study. They are able to develop their listening and speaking skills and to begin to present their ideas orally and in writing. We explore the patterns and sounds of language to help the children develop accurate spelling and pronunciation.
Our approach to language teaching is designed to ensure children develop a positive attitude towards language learning, to build their confidence, to develop their awareness of different languages and cultures and to give them some basic language learning skills that provide a solid foundation for future language learning opportunities. In Year 6 the school organises a very popular residential trip to France during which the children have opportunities to put into practice some of the skills they have been working on.
For further details of what your child will be doing in French this term please refer to their year group’s medium term plan.