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How to assess Primary French

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by lizzietutormay, Jun 16, 2015.

  1. Hi,

    I'm teaching French as a visiting teacher on a part-time basis and I am being asked to recommend methods of assessing KS2 French. Are there any guidelines out there? I've trawled the web and have come across a lot of dead ends and out of date sites. I am using a mix of my own materials and Wakefield Schemes of Work, but am interested in sharing ideas with any experienced teachers out there.

    Thank you

    Liz Garratt
  2. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    Hi Liz, you're right, there are no guidelines out there! My first piece of advice would be to look at what the school is doing for other subjects and see if it would be applicable to Languages. A lot of schools are using the mastering/embedding/etc scheme, and as far as I know nobody has worked out how the PoS statements transfer to those statements for each year group! Personally I use a series of "I can" statements, which I have worked out to accompany my schemes of work. Both my HTs are happy with this. At our recent primary Hub meeting, the secondary teachers said that I can statements are most useful for them as they say clearly what the children can and can't do. It's a common language, if you like. Hope this helps.
  3. funambule

    funambule New commenter

  4. funambule

    funambule New commenter

    You might also find this useful:


    Lots more of interest still on this wikispace.
  5. brettl

    brettl New commenter

    Hi Geekie, thank you for the 'I can' idea - I'm teaching French in our adjacent Primary, however, this year we're down to 25 min lessons which is NOTHING. Existing SoW out of the window as we had to massively shorten and cut down. No sound basics for any formal assessment of kind.

    Will do the 'I can' in the last lesson and take the ones from the students that will join us with me, tell the others to take theirs to their Secondary. - Not happy with the KS2 SoW either, there are no definite statements as to what language, how often etc.
  6. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    When I did Primary French I went with the 'I can' statements and made a certificate for the children at the end of the year.
  7. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    The best guidance about the time allocation is in the KS2 Framework. DfE has been very non-committal, saying "We trust schools to decide how to timetable it". I broke the new Programme of Study down by skill, and it's easier to understand what the "substantial progress" is that way.

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