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MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)

French is taught weekly to all classes at Velmead and the main aims are to enthuse children with a love of language learning and the confidence to have a go. As well as practising the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, pupils are also given an insight into another culture.  Lessons are fun and lively and spoken communication is always at the core of every session.

Y3 pupils are encouraged to speak the language from the very start in a safe, secure environment, learning simple introductions and greetings as well as basic classroom language.  During the course of Y3 children are regularly exposed to a variety of authentic French conversations and songs, and they begin to pick out some familiar words and phrases.  Children also start to have an appreciation that phonetics and thus pronunciation and spellings are different from English, and by the end of Y3 most pupils know some basic rules.

In Y4, pupils are encouraged to be more independent and express more personal views and opinions.  Y4 learn new topics and some simple grammatical concepts.  Children continue to be exposed to a variety of authentic spoken and written French material and they can pick out key points in slightly longer passages.  Y4 children begin to recognise French phonetics, and this helps them with both pronunciation and spelling. By the end of Y4, there is an expectation that most pupils can read unfamiliar words with a recognisable French accent.

During the course of Y5, pupils are encouraged to build upon their previous knowledge, as well as mastering new topics and grammatical concepts.  Children are now used to reading and listening to authentic French and they can pick out key points with confidence.  Pupils have a growing awareness of French culture and some history.  Pronunciation and understanding of French phonetics continue to improve and children are increasingly aware of the need for written accuracy by paying close attention to spellings and accents. By the end of Y5, pupils know about noun gender and the most able understand that it can alter spellings and sentence structures.

By Y6 children become more independent learners by applying their previous learning and understanding of grammar to new topics and situations.  Pupils continue to hear authentic spoken French as well as being required to read longer written French passages.  They are confident with pronunciation and their understanding of French phonetics continues to develop.   Y6 are also increasingly aware of the need to pay close attention to spellings and accents. During the summer term of Y6, there is an opportunity to visit France and put into practice the skills they have learnt. In preparation for KS3, there is also an emphasis on comparing French grammatical concepts such as noun gender and adjectival agreement to other Modern Foreign Languages as it is likely that many children may learn these languages in Y7.  

French Trips

 Y6 pupils have the opportunity to visit Compi√®gne on a 4 day residential trip. We also introduced a day trip to Boulogne this year.  To see pictures from these trips please click on the link below.

French Trip 2018 pictures click here.

Languagenut

Velmead subscribes to Languagenut, an internet based language learning resource. The web address is www.languagenut.com and your child has a personal username and password. This enables them to log into their own account at home and reinforce their classroom language learning.  The site uses games, song and stories to teach languages in a way that is progressive and fun. Children collect medals to mark their progress through their chosen topic.  

Over the past few months Velmead has regularly featured in the Languagenut Top 20 highest scoring schools in the world. We have also had several pupils featuring in the Top 20 highest scoring students list. Keep playing the games Velmead! You will improve your French whilst keeping your school's language learning flag flying high!

All children should have the log-in details for the website in their planner. Please use Google Chrome to access the site as you may encounter problems with other browsers. 

Click here to access the website.

Languagenut

German Club

Velmead German Club takes place after school on Thursday  and is open to Years 5 & 6.

It is a club open to beginners as well as pupils who have learnt German previously.  The aim of the club is to encourage a love of languages and each week we aim to learn something new as well as reinforcing basic vocabulary such as greetings, numbers, colours etc.  Children also work hard on improving their German accents and dictionary skills by trying to pronounce, as well as understand, some of the longer words German has to offer.

We use DVDs, stories and songs and children are encouraged to complete challenges on Languagenut to reinforce their learning where possible.

The cost averages about £3.00 per session and all fees go towards MFL & Club resources.

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