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LANGUAGES

French is taught across all year groups at Sandwich Junior School, with the aim of children developing their confidence in both written and spoken French, along with cultural understanding. Learning another language enriches our curriculum and provokes interest, enjoyment and challenge for all children as well as stimulating creativity and providing opportunities to celebrate cultural diversity.

UNITS OF STUDY

Languages

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year 3

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 1 - greetings, family, numbers)

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 1 - greetings, family, numbers)

Lightbulb languages

(Unit 2 - numbers and games)

Lightbulb languages

(Unit 3 - myself and my birthday)

Lightbulb languages

(Unit 4 - body parts and colours)

Lightbulb languages

(Unit 4 -  body parts and colours)

Year 4

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 5 - travelling, weather and numbers)

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 5 - travelling, weather and numbers)

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 6 - likes and dislikes)

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 7 - sports and healthy eating)

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 8 - friends)

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 9 - animals)

Year 5

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 5 - travelling, weather and numbers)

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 5 -  travelling, weather and numbers)

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 6 - likes and dislikes)

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 7 - sports and healthy eating)

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 8 - friends)

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 9 - animals)

Year 6

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 10 -  Locations and directions)

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 11 - Food, verbs, likes and dislikes)

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 12 - Presentation)

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 13 - Locations and directions)

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 13 - Locations and directions)

Lightbulb Languages

(Unit 14 - Locations and directions)

 

CURRICULUM MAP

Knowledge and skills in French are developed progressively; mapped across the school in line with our scheme of work, allowing children to develop their confidence in the speaking, listening and writing of French and lets them develop these skills through fun and interactive activities. Following our scheme of work: Lightbulb Languages, allows each year group to focus on three main strands: Oracy, Literacy and Intercultural understanding. 

 

ORACY (SPEAKING & LISTENING)

French lessons at SJS include attentive listening to spoken language, followed by activities which encourage children to respond and join in through the use of songs, poems, rhymes and games. With a focus on pronunciation, our aim is to teach vocabulary which enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings. Starting with simple repetition and recall, progressing to more independent speaking as they develop through the school. 

 

  

 

LITERACY (READING & WRITING)

The writing and reading of French are also an important aspect of our curriculum, which is supported through the build-up of the French alphabet and phonetical sounds in Year 3, through to constructing longer sentences and passages of text in Year 6. With a focus on grammatical structures of the French language, children are encouraged to use their developing confidence of speaking, to aid them in the writing of French. 

  

 

INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

With strong links to Geography, being able to identify countries and regions where French is spoken is a key aspect of this subject, giving children more of a context for their learning. Beyond French, this learning strand also allows us to recognise the cultural backgrounds of children within our school community, giving us an opportunity to share experiences and discuss differences, so children may develop an understanding of their responsibilities and opportunities as global citizens, allowing them to compare their own lives, routines and celebrations with those of others.

MULTI-CULTURAL WEEK

Multi-cultural Week is one of our amazing themed weeks that we put on at SJS. Each year group focuses on a different country; The West Indies, India, Canada and Malaysia, looking into lots of different aspects: food, music, language, landscape, landmarks, famous people and much, much more! This brilliant week allows children to experience a differing cultural environment and opens up some wonderful discussions about our world and the people in it. Multi-cultural Week concludes with the children dressing up to represent their studied country, on what is always an enjoyable and vibrant day.

 

I loved being able to try traditional Indian food; it was delicious!

   

 

Experiencing four different Multi-cultural Weeks and learning about the different countries has made me excited to visit them when I am older.

   

   

 

  Carving soap into an inukshuk was brilliant fun!

 

HELPFUL WEBSITES

https://www.digitaldialects.com/iPad/French.htm  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z39d7ty 

http://www.hello-world.com/languages.php/?language=French/&translate=French 

https://childrensbooksforever.com/childrenpages/french 

http://francolab.ca/projets/78/Les-Legendes-De-Chez-Nous 

 

 

Our Values

At Sandwich Junior School, the pupils and staff uphold our Core Values, which are at the centre of our school ethos and all that we do. They were first established by the pupils of our school, who chose specific animals that they felt represented the values and attitudes they should show every day, at school and at home:



The Wolf

Working together as a Wolf Pack, we are a team. Helping peers in difficult times, and celebrating our successes.

The Salmon

We always try our best, we are resolute and we never give up. We are always striving to reach the top and take risks with learning, as that is when we make our biggest leaps forward.

The Eagle

Aiming high to achieve the best we can be, and soaring high to reach our potential.

The Dolphin

When children enjoy their learning, they will achieve more.