French Curriculum Intent
Enjoy achieving together … by being the best that we can be!
Our pupils learn best through experiential learning and the French curriculum supports and promotes this. At Usworth Colliery, our French curriculum is based on the belief that the learning of a foreign language provides our children with a valuable educational, social and cultural experience. It helps our pupils to become good communicators, to develop key speaking and listening skills and extends their knowledge of how language works. We provide the pupils with experiences and opportunities they may not otherwise access. Learning another language gives our children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for our children, helping to create expressive, enthusiastic and curious learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The experience of learning and using a foreign language helps children to be prepared for life outside of education, it allows them to apply this experience and use it in their place in the real world.
To promote resilience and independence our curriculum encourages pupils to adopt a growth mind-set in order to learn from mistakes and develop as learners. We want our children to express themselves creatively and, when appropriate, encourage them to be curious and independent learners who see the benefits of making mistakes when learning. We want our children to love and enjoy learning a new language and to equip our children with the knowledge to enable them to be confident to speak, read, write and respond in French. French allows this to happen by taking children out of the familiar environment which is pervaded by English and allowing them to explore the life-style and culture of another land through the medium of its language. As part of our school extra curricula activities, our children have the opportunity to visit France for a week. We think this an invaluable experience which allows the children to make memories and give a purpose to learning a new language.
To support the unique needs of our pupils the curriculum has vocabulary and discussion at its core. As pupils progress through school, children’s French vocabulary is improved through consistent exposure to new words from age appropriate, taught, subject specific vocabulary. Teaching builds on knowledge of previously learnt vocabulary and the acquisition of this allows the children to discuss and reason within the subject. We want our children to be engaged in the French curriculum and become curious learners. We want them to love and enjoy learning a new language and to equip our children with the knowledge to enable them to be confident to speak, read, write and respond in French.
Our Curriculum creates learners who are: