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Modern Foreign Languages

Here at Chapel Fields , we understand that the study of a foreign language not only provides pupils with essential skills for today’s highly competitive world but it also provides pupils a life enhancing experience, where they gain knowledge of other cultures and customs around the world. At the school, we teach French to all year groups and have a weekly German Club.

 

FRENCH  

 

Every child in school will be taught French by Mrs Milton as part of their weekly timetable.

Learning French is a useful skill as more than 20 million people speak French on all the five continents. French is a major language of international communication. It is the second most widely learned language after English and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. A knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature, as well as films and songs, in the original French. If you are able to support your child, even with a few words, please do!

 

GERMAN

As well as learning French, YR 5 and YR 6 pupils have the opportunity to have an introduction to a second foreign language, which is on offer in our extra curricular German club run by Mrs Somi. Here pupils are taught the foundations to provide them with ‘a head start’ before studying German at secondary school, or to use when abroad. 


Did you know ...Germany is the UK’s largest non-English speaking trading partner. Recently, exports of goods and services from the UK to Germany were €57 billion, imports from Germany to the UK were €75 billion.
Over 100 million people speak German in Europe, out of a population of 500 million and there are currently 12 million European students learning German.

As it’s actually quite similar to English, learning German is easier than you think.

 

 

 

Modern Foreign Languages

FRENCH CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

 

Lower School (Term 1 and 2)

Listen to the language and understand the meaning of familiar words and phrases linked to the topics - me, my family and greetings/introductions. We will be learning vocabulary for colours and numbers and will practice asking and answering simple questions such as “How old are you?”, “Where do you live?”,  focusing on accurate pronunciation . We will be performing simple songs and rhymes in groups and responding to simple French commands .  We will be finding out about French culture and history including the French Revolution. 

Upper School (Term 1 and 2)

We will be reading simple texts and memorising familiar songs. We will learn how to conjugate common verbs such as Être and Aller and how to tell the time in French. We will be extending our vocabulary based on previous topics and learning how to give our opinions and preferences in more detail and how to ask for clarification. We will find out more about French culture – in particular looking at current pop and magazines.

 

 

Lower School (Term 2 and 3)

Listen to the language and understand the meaning of familiar words and phrases linked to the topics- pets and holidays. We will be performing simple songs and rhymes in groups and responding to simple French commands .  We will be learning more numbers vocabulary and practising our conversational skills in role play.  We will continue to find out about French culture and will revisit previous vocabulary and phrases.

 

Lower School (Term 3 and 4)

We will be reading simple texts and memorising familiar songs. We will learn how to conjugate common verbs such as Être and Aller and how to tell the time in French. We will be extending our vocabulary based on previous topics and learning how to give our opinions and preferences in more detail and how to ask for clarification. We will find out more about French culture – in particular looking at current pop and magazines.

 

Upper School (Term 3 and 4)

We will be writing longer phrases about ourselves and our interests/hobbies and practising more detailed role-play. We will become confident at understanding all classroom instructions in French. We will look at French childrens’ books and and learn more about different areas in France

Year 5 pupils at an 'Able, Gifted and Talented Day' at Solihull School - June 2016

Year 5  pupils at  an 'Able, Gifted and Talented Day' at Solihull School - June 2016 1

Both George and Emaan attended an 'Able, Gifted and Talented' day at Solihull School to learn how languages are learnt and taught. Both pupils commented on how they were shown how hard it is to speak English when you are a non-native speaker, as well as doing translation work from French to English. George enjoyed doing a wordsearch where he had to find out the different ways the word 'Hello' is written. Emaan enjoyed learning how to say all the European countries in French. Both are proud of receiving their certificates for participating in the event.

 

26th September 2016 - European Day of Languages

26th September 2016 - European Day of Languages 1
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