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Modern Foreign Languages

Learning another language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience. It gives children opportunities to practise specific language skills and to develop respect for languages and cultures other than their own. At Arnold Mill, our chosen modern foreign language is French.


Throughout Key Stage 2, pupils have one lesson of French per week. They work on speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as exploring the culture and traditions of France. Learning is organised into specific topics for each year group and the acquisition of language skills builds throughout the key stage. Children are introduced to French phonics and sound spellings in order to help them connect spoken and written words accurately. 

                                            Autumn Term 2020


While the children are working in their 'bubbles', French will be taught by class teachers, using planning put together by Mrs Bennett. The lessons have been organised into blocks for Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4) and Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 & 6). Mrs Bennett is based in the 2D 'bubble' so she will teach the French in this class. 


Topics for Autumn 2 are:   


LKS2 (Years 3 & 4)  At School

This unit will cover:

 - vocabulary for classroom objects

 - what to find in a pencil case

 - names of subjects studied at school

 - places around school

 - learning how to talk about which activities children enjoy at school


There will also be an opportunity to work on some Christmas activities in French.


We will be using some exciting new resources to reinforce our learning, the children should really enjoy them. Whilst there will be some revision of key vocabulary, the activities are fun and different to those we have used before and will develop skills to a higher level. 


UKS2 (Years 5 & 6)  Time

This unit will cover:

  - learning how to tell the time in French (hour, half-hour, quarter past &            quarter to

 - routines in the day at home & at school

 - reading digital times & timetables


The resources for this topic are comprehensive and provide challenge and interest. There will be opportunities to revise and use key vocabulary in different contexts and also to extend the children's skills into new areas of learning. 


There will also be an opportunity to work on some Christmas activities in French.



Throughout Key Stage 2 the lessons will provide the usual opportunities for speaking, listening, reading and writing so all aspects of language can be covered. Whilst we are unable to undertake singing activities, song texts and music will be used as practice for listening to French pronunciation and following the words. Hopefully we'll be able to sing again before too long.


In order to build the children's confidence again, we will revise and regularly practise key phrases and vocabulary. This helps to improve fluency and accurate pronunciation. It is lovely to see the children in school again so here's to an enjoyable and successful term and some wonderful learning in French!








 If you would like to contact me the email address is   sbennett@arnoldmill.notts.sch.uk