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Discussion in 'Primary' started by MissKinikki, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. MissKinikki

    MissKinikki New commenter

    I have been asked as part of my PM to find a way of getting French into KS1. I'm aware there are schemes but having had feedback from KS1 teachers, they wouldn't have time to teach a discrete lesson each week. This I can understand with it not being compulsory at KS1!

    So my next line of inquiry is thinking about perhaps getting them familiar with French songs and rhymes. I have found a couple of CDs/songbooks that I feel are interesting but want to know if anyone already does something for French in KS1. Or am I going in completely the wrong direction?

    At the moment, these are what I am looking at but I am open to ideas.

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated :)
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Who were thinking would deliver this content?
    I have some experience teaching MFL at KS1 but I am a specialist and was able to construct a curriculum, based mainly on rhymes and songs, fitting my teaching around the topics they were using. I used puppets too.
    The teachers watched as I 'delivered' the content and then following my planning, after two terms they felt confident enough to run with it. A bit like 'in-service training' if you like.

    Do you need a ready-made scheme for teachers to deliver themselves or were you planning on doing the teaching yourself?
  3. MissKinikki

    MissKinikki New commenter

    I won't be teaching it. My brief was to 'introduce' French at ks1 and foundation. Ks1 teachers have said they really can't imagine doing a lesson when they're currently trying to fit in compulsory subjects.

    My thinking is that exposing them to songs and rhymes will hopefully start to get them used to hearing the language and perhaps embed simple vocab so they are ready for formal lessons in ks2. Does that make sense?
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I agree absolutely that being made aware of lingusitic absorption/ saturation is the way to go with young children. They need to hear as much of the language as possible so you 'tune in ' their ears to the different sounds without them being aware of it. Little and often with languages is far better than big chunks with gaps in-between, so registration, getting ready for PE etc would be a really good way to go with trying to fit it into the curriculum.
  5. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    That's exactly what we do. Plus counting to 10 and simple phrases.
  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Who has asked you to do this?
    If the KS1 staff don't think they have time, then it will become one of the things that drops off and simply doesn't happen. Then all your hard work will be for nothing.
  7. whitestag

    whitestag Senior commenter

    Listen to the teachers. They'll be doing their level best to teach them some English, never mind French.
  8. MissKinikki

    MissKinikki New commenter

    Set by the HT as part of my PM. I appreciate your feedback though.
  9. funambule

    funambule New commenter

    Clearly not compulsory but often seen as good practice towards whole school language learning.
    This material is not new but you might find some ideas and resources produced by other teachers:
    Unusual that this remains on a local authority site; save it while you can if you think it might be useful!
    Catsoup and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  10. Rayndrop88

    Rayndrop88 New commenter

    I can absolutely see why this would be beneficial but at the moment I barely have time to cover what is compulsory let alone any added extras.
    Catsoup likes this.
  11. MonopolyCrook

    MonopolyCrook New commenter

    And it's always the first thing to go when things come up! I'm coordinator at my school. We don't teach it in KS1/ EYFS so I don't teach it (am in year 1). We have a TA who does Spanish in KS2. During the first couple of weeks of reception/ year 1 transition time, I had time to fit it in for year 1 but it lasted 4 weeks. The kids loved it and frequently ask me now if we can do it, but there's never any time. We do a lot of history/ geography 2hours a week, only one of science, so we could fit it in but its not timetabled.

    I bought a new scheme for ks2 which is aimed at people with no foreign language skills who may also not feel confident which contains everything needed. Language examples, workbooks, detailed plans etc. from ilanguages. It's very good and I think they do Spanish, French and German.
  12. funambule

    funambule New commenter

    What is your new scheme for KS2?
  13. Lisforlanguage

    Lisforlanguage New commenter

  14. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    We have a French phrase of the week. The children are expected to say it In French whenever the occasion arises. Just something very simple each week.eg Hello, my name is, please can I..... Etc etc

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