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In line with the National Curriculum for MFL, children at Handsworth Primary school are taught to:

  1. listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding

  2. explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words

  3. engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help

  4. speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures

  5. develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases

  6. present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences

  7. read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing

  8. appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language

  9. broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary

  10. write phrases from memory, adapt these to create new sentences and to express ideas clearly

  11. describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing

  12. understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.

This is done through a weekly 30-minute French lesson which is taught by Madame Williams, the French teacher based at Handsworth school. French is taught to every child in Years 3-6

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