At St Anne’s we teach French to all children as part of the normal school curriculum. We do this for several reasons. We believe that many children really enjoy learning to speak another language. We are committed to early language learning and believe that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster and more effectively the language in question is acquired. We believe that learning a foreign language helps all pupils develop their interests and curiosity in the similarities and differences between themselves and others. This includes learning about countries, cultures, peoples and communities. Learning a foreign language helps pupils to extend their communication skills and enhances self‐esteem.

Mrs K Avington
MFL Subject Leader

 

St Anne’s celebrated the European Day of Languages on the 24th of September. This event is held across Europe and aims to promote the rich linguistic diversity of Europe and raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning for everyone. Every year group found a different way to celebrate the event!

In Reception, the children learnt some signs using Makaton, a language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. They learnt to sing the number song “3 little monkeys,” making some animal signs using Makaton. 

 

 

In Year One the children had been learning about the body in their science topic. So they learnt how to say the parts of the body and followed the song “Tête, épaules, genoux et pieds” – Head, shoulders, knees and toes in French!

 

 

The Year Two children, learnt how to say and write the names of members of their family in French. They also learnt how to make the sign of the cross in French!

 

 

In Year Three, the children practised greeting each other in French and recorded their conversations in writing. They also used their IT skills to research European counties and how they say their name in their own language. They even found the time to create their flags on cakes!

 

 

On the same theme of travel, the Year Four classes learnt the names of different forms of transport!

 

In Year Five- not content with just learning French- the children learned to count in 10 in Spanish, played Bingo with those numbers, learned some basic greetings and finished with a hula-dance whilst following instructions in Spanish!¡Fantástico! Year Six classes also used their persuasive language skills to explore the importance of learning a language. Finally they rose to the challenge of learning a German song!

 

 

MFL curriculum skills progression

 

French Websites

Here are some websites you could use to practise french at home!

Website games teaching about numbers, animals, food and drink. Lots of opportunities to hear French pronunciation

http://primarygamesarena.com/Subjects/French

Website games about numbers, colours, animals, transport

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2french.html

Large range of games to practise phrases, numbers and counting. All in French too!

http://www.hello-world.com/games/children.php/?language=French

German

During the Summer term, the Year Five and Six children have been learning German with staff from St. Bedes High School.

If you want to practise some of those language skills, the following websites may be useful!

German language games

http://www.digitaldialects.com/German.htm

Learn the names of German animals and numbers

http://primarygamesarena.com/Subjects/German