As South Enders, we believe that it is essential for all pupils to master a Modern Foreign Language (MFL), and at South End Junior this is French. The study of MFL enables children to develop the skills and confidence to consider themselves as ‘World Citizens’ who belong in a multicultural, mutually respectful world. Our view is that learning a language should not only start early, but it should be fun. The priority is that pupils are keen to participate, and as a result, make good progress.
Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the National Curriculum. We aim to support pupils in understanding other countries and cultures, so that they can be more open and adaptable to new experiences. Ultimately, we wish for our pupils to have a love of languages and to become curious and respectful of the world and cultures around them.
Please click here to view our French long-term curriculum overview.
At SEJ all classes have access to a high-quality foreign languages curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources. This progressively develops pupil skills in foreign languages through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons delivered by a HLTA.
Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes, building blocks of language into more complex, fluent and authentic language. Units, where possible and appropriate, will be linked to class topics and cross-curricular themes.
Children will build on previous knowledge gradually as their foreign language lessons continue to recycle, revise and consolidate previously learnt language whilst building on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Knowledge and awareness of required and appropriate grammar concepts will be taught throughout all units at all levels of challenge. Grammar is both integrated and taught discreetly throughout all appropriate units.
Units are progressive within themselves as subsequent lessons within a unit build on the language and knowledge taught in previous lessons. As pupils progress through the lessons in a unit, they will build their knowledge and develop the complexity of the language they use.