Je m'appelle Madame Richardson and I am delighted to be teaching French to your children from September 2021. Twenty years ago I swapped the lavender from the south east of France for the Yorkshire clouds and its lovely people. Pupils who took part in the La Jolie Ronde French Club, and the children who did French as part of their Enrichment afternoons, have already met me. I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone after the summer holiday.
After 11 years teaching my native language to primary school children, it is clear to me that my work isn't only about grammar and vocabulary. It is also about passing on my culture and making pupils happy and proud to learn new sounds in order to communicate, which increases their confidence and gives them an opportunity to explore outside English borders. So, from learning about what French people eat to what school is like in France, we will develop useful language skills with courtesy conversation, manners, counting, colours and progress towards talking about family, animals, food and the weather. If your child is in Year 6, and will be doing French in high school, he/she will be a few steps ahead by the end of their primary school life.
Speaking, listening and writing are important in learning a foreign language but enthusiasm and motivation is essential. Our French lessons will be full of fun activities, bookwork, role paly, singing and even a bit of dancing too! Tea time or/and travel time from or to school are great times to encourage children to use their French. They can for example count their steps or things that are "rouge". They can perhaps say "Au revoir" at the door to use their French manners. Consolidating language skills is by repetition and using French in small bites regularly.
It is such a privilege to teach Key Stage 2 children from St. Matthew's C of E (Aided) Primary School. I am very excited to be part of their French learning journey.
Intent statement for French
We can be linguists.
MFL at St. Matthews is taught to develop the child’s sense of excitement, curiosity and understanding of the world and a sense of cultural awareness. through teaching and learning in French.
MFL lessons will give children:
European Day of Languages
European Day of Languages was on Sunday 26th September 2021. In order to celebrate that as a school, Madame Richardson prepared a special assembly for the children and also compiled a list of wonderful apps, television programmes and music links you can use with your child at home.
This week the children have also had a listen to the song below to celebrate languages. It expresses how nice and kind it is when someone says "Hello" in any country and says that the universal and most beautiful language is the one we talk with our heart. As kindness and compassion is our Collective Worship theme this half term, it seems a very fitting song to explore with the children.
The link to the song, as well as the list of activities and apps can be found below:
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