The Greneway Middle School

The Greneway Middle School

Garden Walk, Royston, Herts. SG8 7JF
Telephone: 01763 243650  (School Receptionists, Mrs N Bedford/Mrs N Johnson)   Email: admin.greneway@rsat.org.uk

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French

At Greneway the learning of French plays a significant part in the whole curriculum throughout the four years.

Aims

  • To widen the educational experience of the children.
  • To develop the ability to use language effectively for purposes of practical communication.
  • To provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation for children of all abilities.
  • To develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning.
  • To encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and its speakers.
  • To offer insights into other cultures and civilisations whilst developing a deeper understanding of our own culture.
  • To form a sound base in the skills required for language learning e.g. speaking, listening, reading and writing also skills such as analysis, memorising and drawing of inference.
  • To give pupils the opportunity, where appropriate, to develop and apply their numeracy, literacy and ICT capabilities.

The benefit of early language learning

Research and experience have shown that language learning is most effective when the learners are young.  The pupils are considerably enthusiastic and lacking in inhibitions when they arrive in Year 5.  They are very receptive and many look forward to a new experience at a new school.  They tend to have confidence in oral activities, which can be consolidated well before they reach Key Stage 3.

Learning a foreign language can provide a new start for some pupils who may have experienced difficulties in other areas of the curriculum.

Years 5 - 8

Pupils are encouraged to use French in the classroom as much as possible and from the beginning will learn to follow instructions and speak simple sentences.  We take advantage of a wide variety of songs and language games to support our learning throughout Years 5 to 8.

In Year 5 the children are taught in their form groups.  Some of the language structures we concentrate on are:

  • grammar – pronunciation, questioning, accents, masculine and feminine nouns
  • ‘myself’ – greeting someone, giving name, age, address, birthday.
  • ‘classroom’ – understanding classroom instructions, talking about what is in my pencil case and my classroom
  • weather – talking about the seasons and the weather in them
  • shopping – preparing dialogues, giving opinions

French days and the school journey to France

Year 8 pupils have the opportunity to take part in a five day visit to the Normandy region of France.  We have been staying in Grandcamp, a small, delightful fishing port.  The activities include: a day at the Mont St. Michel, a trip to see the Bayeux Tapestry, a visit to a local café and of course, visits to many of the sites which have strong connections to the D Day landings. The children really welcome the opportunity to put the French they have been learning in the classroom into practice.

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