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FRENCH AT GROVE PRIMARY SCHOOL
At Grove Primary School, Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils have one hour of French a week which is taught by a specialist Language Teacher who is also a native speaker.
A few examples of the fun games we play in French.
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In Year 3, the language focus is on acquiring good pronunciation as well as learning useful memorisation strategies so that children can build up the confidence to deliver a short role play in front of an audience.
Pupils are also shown fun techniques to learn the spelling of simple words in the target language.
From the onset, students are made aware of the importance of gender and number - singular and plural - in French. In Year 4, pupils are taught a range of ways to memorise whether nouns are masculine, feminine or plural.
Physical locations - such as tables - are used to help pupils remember the gender of school items for example whereas parts of the body are introduced by splitting the body in half and introducing male and female words with the corresponding side. In Year 5 pupils are also taught that definite and indefinite articles as well as word endings provides clues as to genders.
They are also shown how to use this knowledge to agree adjectives correctly.
As the years progress, pupils build up their vocabulary range and grammatical expertise and are encouraged to write in extended sentences as well as urged to manipulate the language by using a dictionary.
Learning about other cultures form an integral part of the French lessons. In Year 3 pupils have the opportunity to learn how to say Hello in various languages as well as learn the various gestures which pupils use to greet each other around the world. They are taught that it is important to know the social conventions when visiting a foreign country so that not to offend anyone.
We feel that pupils' cultural experience is enriched by having a native French teacher who was raised in a country different to that of the children. They are inevitably drawing parallel between her life in France and theirs in England as she:
- shows pupils where she grew up on a map
- uses Meteo France to check the weather in her family's back garden and talks about seasons
- show pictures of where her family lives back home using Google Earth and pictures of landscapes and daily life
- narrate her grandmother's and grandfather's experiences when pupils learn about the 2nd World War in Topics
- share traditional Christmas or Easter cake recipes
- compare her experience of schools to that of the children
- talk about important festivals, special events and customs relating to Christmas, Ephiphany, Shrove Tuesday, April Fool's Day, Easter, French National Day, the Tour de France or Euro2016.
- talk about prominent past and present French or French speaking figures in the area of Arts (Monet), Music, Science, Politics (Napoleon, DeGaulle), Sports, Media (Asterix, Schtrumpfs) and Literature
Parent and Governors' Involvement
French is well supported by Governors who attend the Year 3 French for the Family event every year. Furthermore, Mme Garnier, one of our Parent Governors whose two bilingual children frequent the school regularly comes to lessons to support our Year 4 and Year 6 children. She is also involved in doing the Annual Subject Review and helps - with her children - run the newly-introduced EscarGroves; an after-school cultural club which is open to all the pupils but has been particularly popular with the Year 1 and 2 this year.