Modern Foreign Language at Hawthorn

In Hawthorn we teach French across Key Stage 2 for 30 minutes per week. Children in Year 2 also learn some basic French phrases to help prepare them for the transition into key stage 2. The children are taught to be able to listen and respond to questions in French and develop their ability to read and write some French. We follow an interactive programme called ‘Rigolo’, this gives children the opportunity to hear native French speakers and to learn songs and rhymes in French. French can also be revisited in short sessions throughout the week to consolidate knowledge and ensure new language is retained. French lessons provide a variety of sources to model the language, use games and songs to maximise enjoyment and make as many connections to real life situations as possible. The focus of French in Hawthorn is to initially develop our children’s confidence in speaking and listening in French so they have lots of experience of listening and responding in French and when appropriate move on to written forms.

We also spend time learning about France and other French speaking nations focussing on a range of Geographical, Historical and Cultural features. This helps the children have a more rounded understanding about France. It also links to our Global Learning Project where the children are taught about global issues and how they affect us.

European Languages day September 2018.

We celebrated European languages day in September. Each class focused on a different language and spent time learning about the country and how to say some phrases in the language. The children completed a range of activities such as art, cooking and making flags. On our Friday assembly when all of the school came together we shared some of the things we had been learning linked to our chosen European Language.

In Reception, the children made Italian and Union Jack flags using scrunched up tissue paper. They also looked at maps of their country.