At Cookham Rise, Key Stage 2 children are taught French as our chosen foreign language. In September 2018 we started following a new French scheme which aims to improve children's listening, reading and writing skills in a way that is more in line with our English curriculum. The scheme is enjoyable and highly interactive, with fun games and activities that use Physical French Phonics; actions and sounds which enable children to decode and pronounce words accurately. It also encourages independent learning, building up to project work in Year 6, where the children source their own words using French/English dictionaries. Developed by Cave Languages, the programme will be rolled out with current years 3 and 4 starting afresh, and Years 5 and 6 following a 'Fast-track course'.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
•understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
•speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
•can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
•discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied