Languages (Key Stage 2) - French

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education will foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.

The teaching will enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It will also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language.

Language teaching will provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

Our 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.

Curriculum content

At Aldbrough Primary School, we believe that the teaching of any modern foreign language should focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The language taught at our school is French, although we may, from time to time, introduce pupils to the basic vocabulary from other European languages as appropriate (for example, through Themed geography days, linked to Topic work.)

Our teaching will provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and aims to lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. We believe that emphasis should be placed on the spoken aspect of learning a foreign language, in order to enable pupils to utilise their skills conversationally. This will enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.

Pupils are taught to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
    develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences*
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English

Music

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

At Aldbrough Primary School, as part of our thematic approach to learning, we attempt to link pupils' learning in music with relevant cross-curricular subjects (for example, when pupils are learning about specific cultures, the music sessions are linked to music from the cultural region being studied in order to broaden and enrich our pupils' learning experiences.)

Our curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Curriculum content

Key stage 1

Pupils are taught to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
    play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
    experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Key stage 2

Pupils are taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They learn to develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Pupils are taught to:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
    listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music.