French is taught from Foundation to Level 6 in a one hour weekly class. The curriculum aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that students:
- communicate in French
- understand the relationship between language, culture and learning
- develop intercultural capabilities
- understand themselves as communicators
Students use a wide range of text types designed for language learning, including textbooks, teacher-generated materials and online resources. Their learning is enriched by exposure to a range of authentic texts such as websites, films, stories and songs. Students are encouraged to use French as much as possible for classroom routines, social interactions, structured learning tasks, and language experimentation and practice. Student progress is assessed regularly in the four key language skills of listening; speaking; reading and writing.
Students have the opportunity to learn about French through their units of inquiry, as part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) at Kew Primary School. The use of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) is integral to this, a dual focused educational approach in which an additional language is used for the teaching and learning of both academic content and language, at the same time. The teaching and learning process focuses both on the core content of a chosen subject area and on the target language. Subject areas including science, maths, history, geography, drama, art and P.E. have formed the focus of our French CLIL programme to date.
French language learning and teaching at Kew Primary School allows students to develop their language skills, foster their ability to think and reflect about the workings of language, and learn to appreciate other cultures and their own. Combined with the PYP, the French programme contributes to an internationally minded education at Kew Primary School.