This year (2019-2020) we will be teaching French across KS2 and will continue with this next year, enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. We are lucky to have had Madame Miché in school to support in some our French lessons. Madame Miché is a parent at the school and a fluent French speaker. Having conversations with her has really helped improve the children's pronunciation and conversational skills. The main focus of our lessons is on practical communication.
At St Joseph's, we aim to teach our pupils French through a variety of activities e.g. joining in songs, engaging in conversations, playing games that encourage speaking and consolidate understanding, pronunciation and intonation, reading and writing simple words and phrases and through ICT/computer programmes and games. Each class's activities and learning are recorded in a French learning journal.
Language of the half term
At St Joseph's School we are proud of our diversity and the vast number of languages spoken by our families.
At St Joseph's, every half term, we celebrate the languages besides English which are spoken at home by some of our pupils.
Each half term, we try to learn a few useful phrases and words, to answer the register and say "please" and "thank you" in our chosen language. The child/children who speak the chosen language will help their classmates learn the correct pronunciation and will share picture books written in their home language as well as in English.
There is a great website - Newbury park School's where you can practise the Language of the half term or to have a go at learning to speak a few words in another language which interests you! Click HERE to have a look.
We also have several dual-lingual picture books in our school library.