French Curriculum Intent

At Ark Victoria Academy, we believe that learning a language means much more than learning vocabulary and grammar in a classroom; it gives learners the skills to communicate with others and the opportunity develop their understanding of the world through learning about other countries and their culture. 

All children should feel that they are able to learn a language and to be successful. We build students’ confidence by integrating language learning with cultural understanding, and key concepts are continually revisited as learners progress through key stages. We also carefully select the vocabulary that is introduced to students and give them many opportunities to re-use and recycle the vocabulary, with the aim of retaining this knowledge in their long-term memory. Exposure to language begins with a focus on comprehension and gradually moves to production of language, increasing in length and complexity over time. Clear models of pronunciation are shared early on, in order to support with language fluency. 

At the beginning of the language-learning journey, we introduce learners to the geographical location of France and other French speaking countries. In terms of language, the focus is primarily on listening and comprehension skills. This allows us to expose students to clear models of the language, which students can replicate. It builds a solid foundation for students to be able to produce sentences, using familiar language. Students are exposed to language that is authentic such as short stories and rhymes. 

Students continue to develop their cultural understanding of the French-speaking world trough studying topics such as food and daily routines of French speakers in different countries. As students develop their knowledge of vocabulary and key phrases (topics within and beyond their immediate needs), we introduce key grammar points and tenses. There is also broader and more balanced coverage of skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation), including the use of more complex authentic materials. When speaking, students are given the opportunity to practise vocabulary that relates to real life scenarios such as giving opinions and transactional language such as buying tickets, which allows students to use the language outside of the classroom. 

Our French Six Pillars

At Ark Victoria we have 6 curriculum pillars

Resilient readers: Reading is the cornerstone of our curriculum and is arguably singular in its importance because of the extent to which other subjects rely upon it.  Excellence in almost any academic subject requires strong reading.  We therefore strive to develop resilient readers by giving pupils strategies and support as well as opportunities to read confidently and fluently.  The result is that pupils are able to securely access the full curriculum and read at or above chronological reading age. 

High quality teaching: High quality teaching in French. All teachers are experts in the modelling and teaching of French. Reading and writing skills are taught both explicitly and implicitly throughout pupils' educational journey. Teachers seek opportunities to link these French skills across the curriculum.

Knowledge rich curriculum: Knowledge rich curriculum our curriculum includes a broad range of carefully selected texts (written or spoken) which enable in-depth exploration of themes and ideas. Texts are carefully selected for each year group to ensure appropriate content and challenge and an ambitious canon, overall. Our curriculum ensures expertise and technical accuracy in reading, listening, speaking and writing are achieved through a progression model, building in complexity in grammar and spelling so that our learners become fluent writers and critical readers. 

High ambition: The French curriculum challenges pupils at every stage of their journey through school. Pupils develop worldly knowledge through their reading and effective and engaging communication skills in their writing. The skills and concepts studied will provide access to study and work at the highest level. Teachers work to ensure that the most ambitious targets in French can be met by all pupils by scaffolding learning and meeting pupils at their challenge point. 

Diverse and inclusive: Our French curriculum supports pupils to recognise their identity within the texts we study but also get an awareness of the diversity of the Francophone world. It offers traditional and modern perspectives on French and world cultures. We engage with pupils on subjects and through viewpoints that are new and familiar, supporting them to hear and define the voices of their generation and so many before. The emphasis on this being our curriculum can be seen in the ownership our students feel towards the subjects and topics we teach.  

Strong Character: Our curriculum is a reflection of our pupils’ drive and resilience. It is a window into a myriad of culture’s which supports pupils to find their voice and identity, whilst also deepening their understanding of other people, history and cultures. We create a pathway for pupils to build a critical perspective and explore their role as a citizen of the world whilst also challenging the stereotypes, prejudice and social norms that are instilled within the world we live in. The curriculum is a springboard for discussion and supports pupils to negotiate their beliefs and role as a linguist. It is there to support them through mirroring topics & themes that they can resonate with and write about. It will support pupils to instil characteristics needed to succeed in life through academia such as resilience, ambition and empathy to all people. It will support their voice and deepen their understanding of others and self.   

French Topic Map

 

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Y3

Classroom fundamentals Introducing myself My looks My personality Describing my family My likes and dislikes

Y4

Classroom essentials

School items

School subjects Opinions of school subjects Items of clothing Items of clothing in different weather

Y5

Consolidation
(essentials, numbers and colours)
Consolidation
(school items, opinions and weather phrases)
Sports and opinions Sports in different weather (different outfits) Food and complex opinions Cultural awareness project
Le Mali

Y6

Where I live Places in my town Holidays destinations and activities Holiday destinations and activities (different tenses) Project “Getting ready for Year 7”

Y7

French foundations Describing me and my family Likes and dislikes Leisure activities and sports School subjects Opinions of school subjects

Y8

My identity:
(personality, family relationships hobbies, what I enjoy wearing)
My passions:
TV programmes, reading, cinema, online activities, introduction to hobbies in the perfect tense
Où j’habite :Describing where I live, type of areas, rooms in the house and opinions, dream accommodation. A visit in Paris:
visiting monuments, activities one can do in Paris, describing a stay in Paris
Food and culture:
A typical breakfast France Vs England, partitive article and opinion.
A special occasion: Festivals in France, clothes and typical foods.

Y9

Je te parle de moi: family members, personality and physical traits, reflexive verbs of relationships, what makes a good friend, who I admire Les sorties: planning for an outing, describing a past outing Mes passe temps: sports, musical instruments, online activity, reading. En famille: programmes, comparatives, online safety, describing an outing with family. Une semaine typique :Describing a typical week, telling the time, a typical school day, school subjects and opinions, a typical weekend Une occasion spéciale: clothes on a typical weekend, food, festivals in a Francophone country.

Y10

My town: places in town, what there is/isn’t, prepositions, directions, describing your town My town: advantages and disadvantages, plans for where you would like to/ are going to live in the future Holidays: locations, holiday activities, weather, types of accommodation, facilities Holidays: describing past/future holidays, transport, buying items, going to a restaurant Special occasion: clothes, food, quantifiers, describing a special occasion, festivals in Francophone countries School: school subjects, opinions, types of schools, differences between French and English school systems

Y11

School: facilities, school uniform, school rules, plans for after school Work and future plans: jobs, activities that provide pocket money, work experience, intentions for the future, applying for jobs Environment and global issues: environmental issues, what we could/should do to protect the environment, ethical shopping, volunteering Revision    

 

French Progression narrative

Please read our French progression narrative here: Discipline Concept Narratives