Learning a Foreign Language is not just about learning how to speak French or how to speak German. We in the Department of Modern Languages believe that learning a Foreign Language is an important life skill that helps pupils to develop key skills in a number of areas, such as;

• communication and linguistics; including the exploration of links between the Modern Foreign Language aspects of the English language;
• learning methods, such as phonics, thinking skills and analytical processes;
• the development of social and cultural awareness.

This is achieved by building pupils’ self-confidence in an encouraging and motivating learning environment, where a caring ethos is adopted in the learning experience of each pupil.

French is taught to all pupils throughout the school. In Key Stage 2 the emphasis is on communication in the classroom, problem-solving and building a firm foundation of key vocabulary and phrases in preparation for Key Stage 3. The North Tyneside Pathfinder syllabus for Primary French is used in Years 5 & 6. Pupils are introduced to Francophone countries and customs and encouraged to explore the ideas of stereotypes, tolerance and developing a positive attitude towards other cultures.
In Key Stage 3 pupils are encouraged to be more independent in their learning and to become more creative in their use of language, exploring different and more complex grammars and syntax in both verbal and written form. Use of ICT is built into topic areas where appropriate and interactive whiteboards, I-pads and netbooks are used creatively in all MFL classrooms.

All Year 8 pupils follow a course of German. This introduces pupils to a language from a different linguistic family to French, offering the opportunity to explore and develop thinking skills and rules of grammar in a new context.

The emphasis in the department is on real language for real purposes. To this end we have pupils engaged in e-link exchanges with pupils in French and German schools. Pupils are also encouraged to take part in the enrichment activities we offer as a Department, such as our popular MFL Pop-up cinema day, where pupils create their own Foreign Language Films at the Tyneside Cinema, our annual participation in the International Festival of Culture at Newcastle University and the various Language Competitions we run as a Department throughout the year. In addition we offer a selection of extra-curricular language clubs, focussing on Italian, German and Spanish. We offer all pupils the opportunity to take part in visits to France, Germany and Spain.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department has gained the Gold Standard of the North Tyneside Primary Languages Quality Mark, in recognition of the teaching and learning opportunities awarded to our pupils.

- Talking about myself and others
- Brief revision of basic French topics covered in our feeder First Schools.
- What are the numbers in French and how do I say my and other peoples’ ages.
- What is the verb “to have” in French and how do I use it?
- How do I say what pet I have and what pets I would like?
- How do I use a bi-lingual dictionary?
- How do I tell the time in French?
- How do I describe my daily routine in French?
- How do French people celebrate Christmas?

- Basic revision of topics studied in Year 5
- What are the parts of my body called in French?
- Why do French words have different articles in Front of them?
- How do I change a noun from the singular to the plural?
- How do I use number and adjectives to describe someone / something?
- How do I extend my own writing?
- How could I describe if I am unwell?
What language would I need to know to hold a conversation with a doctor?

- Basic revision of gender, singular and plural nouns.
- What are my likes and dislikes?
- What would be in my survival kit?
- How can we translate the personality characteristics of myself and others?
- How do I describe myself and others?
- What is the present tense?
- How do I form the present tense with –er, -re and –ir verbs?
- How do I describe chocolate?
- What kind of language could we use to make our descriptions more exciting?
- How do I use the comparative?
- What is the perfect tense and how is it formed?
How do I use the past tense to describe the history of chocolate?

- What is the perfect tense?
- How do we form it in French?
- Why do some verbs use avoir as an auxiliary verb?
- Why do some verbs use être as an auxiliary verb?
- What is Fairtrade?
- How does it affect the UK and Francophone countries?
- Would you rather buy Fairtrade or non-Fairtrade products?
- What is the imperfect tense?

- What are different countries called in French?
- What is the verb “to go” in French and how do I use it to form sentences?
- How do I describe where I live?
- How do I describe the weather in my town?
How do I use the French phonemes to help me spell?

- Describing my appearance.
- What are the names of various items of clothing in French?
- Why do we have to agree adjectives?
- How do I agree an adjective with a noun?
- What are connectives and how do I use them?
- How do I extend my writing and speaking in French?
- What is the present tense?
- How do I form the present tense with regular –er verbs, such as porter?
- What type of language do I need to help me describe my town?
- How do I say what places are in and not in my town?
- What is a preposition and how do I use them in my writing and speaking?
- How do I give directions between places?

- What is school life in France like?
- How does it differ to school life in England?
- Which type of school day would you prefer?
- How can you do to make your writing and speaking more complex?
-How do we write a diary entry in French?

- What words can we use to describe your TV preference?
- How do we make our writing and speaking more exciting?
- What films do you like/dislike?
- How do we expand our justifications for opinions in French?
- How do we describe film genre in French?
- How do we form the comparative and superlative in French?
- How do we arrange a rendez-vous / date in French?
- How do we describe a past date?

- What is school life like in France?
- What are the names of my lessons in French?
- What type of adjectives could I use to describe my school and lessons?
- What is the verb “to be” in French and how do I use it?
- How can I extend my utterances in French?
- How do I order food in a café or ice cream parlour?
- What are the names of different ice-cream flavours?
- What currency is used in French and how do I describe how much something costs?

- Where is Mali?
- Why do people speak French there?
- What is life like in Mali?
- What sort of comparisons are there between our lives in England and the lives of people in Mali?
- What is culturally important to the people of Mali?

- What are your hobbies?
- What sports do you play and how can you describe these in French?
- Which do you prefer TVs, computers or mobile phones?
- What is the future tense?
- What would you put in a theme park?
- How do you use modal verbs, such as vouloir?

- How do we use the near future tense to help us describe what we’d like to do in the future?
- How do we contrast this with writing about a past event?
- How do we describe our future home and compare this to our current home?

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