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MfL ; The window to the world

Enjoying French Culture and Music

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Learning a Modern Foreign Language prepares our pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are often carried out in languages other than English. It is essential that our pupils are equipped with the skills needed to succeed within the international workplace. Through learning a language, increased pupil initiative, confidence and independent learning is evident as well as enhancing an awareness of our own language.

 

Early Years /Key Stage 1

Although non-statutory, children are introduced to the French language through learning a range of songs, stories and rhymes. The focus is on developing their speaking and listening skills. Pupils learn to answer simple questions, name objects and respond to simple instructions.

Our curriculum projects will help learners explore their place in the world, to understand cultural differences and to celebrate the differences and diversities that make us all unique and special.

Key Stage 2

We teach French to our Key Stage 2 children on a weekly basis. Where possible, teachers work with a Primary Languages Assistant from the North Tyneside Learning Trust, to allow children to interact with and learn from a native French speaker.

 

 Songs, rhymes and stories are again used to introduce new vocabulary and help pupils retain these key words and phrases. In Years 3 and 4, pupils begin to compose short conversations and speak in simple sentences.  Pupils will begin to read and write simple sentences on a familiar topic and say what they like/dislike. 

In Year 5 and 6, pupils build on their speaking and listening skills to ensure they are using the correct grammar. They are able to read and write longer pieces of text and begin to work out unfamiliar words.

Spoken Languages

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International Work International School Award Accreditation in:-

July 2015, December 2018 and July 2021

In July 2021, we successfully achieved re-accreditation in the British Council International Schools Award fo the third time. As part of this project we worked closely with staff and children from our partner schools in Rajkot, India and France and held various themed activities across school. Monkhouse’s international work includes learning how to say hello and greetings in a
range of languages and using these at different times across the school day, exploring the
commonwealth with our youngest pupils as part of their project on ‘What it's  like to be Royal’,
Year Three looked at becoming sustainable by growing and planting food and having a
whole school focus on Fairtrade. By corresponding with pen pals in a school in France
across the year, it not only improved our French language skills, at the same time as
learning about their culture and festivals but allowed our pen pals to develop their English.
During the last year, we recognised the significance of mental health and wellbeing was
vitally important and it raised the awareness of inequality around the world even though we
are all facing this pandemic together. When we returned to school, we created a display of
photographs showing what made us happy and kept us going through the national
lockdown. We worked with our partner schools to share creative work indicating what made
the children happy.  Staff and pupils were praised in the letter from the British Council:

 

Monkhouse’s international work includes learning how to say hello and greetings in a
range of languages and using these at different times across the school day, exploring the
commonwealth with our youngest pupils as part of their project on ‘What it's like to be Royal’,
Year Three looked at becoming sustainable by growing and planting food and having a
whole school focus on fairtrade. By corresponding with pen pals in a school in France
across the year, it not only improved our French language skills, at the same time as
learning about their culture and festivals but allowed our pen pals to develop their English.
During the last year, we recognised the significance of mental health and wellbeing was
vitally important and it raised the awareness of inequality around the world even though we
are all facing this pandemic together. When we returned to school, we created a display of
photographs showing what made us happy and kept us going through the national
lockdown. We worked with our partner schools to share creative work indicating what made
the children happy.

International Hello Day 2020

This year, we found out lots of different ways to day hello around the world. Each class delved a little deeper into one country and tweeted their 'international hello'.International hello display

Displays for MfL

To encourage the children to hear and understand the french language, displays around school prompt observations, questions and allow the children opportunities to use technology to 'hear' the language being spoken and sung. This Christmas, we have shared with the children a well known song, The Twelve Day of Christmas. By holding their ipads over each QR code, they will hear the relevant verse of the song in French and see the corresponding french words. This is a great way to allow children to engage and become immersed in the language.

 

Les douze jours de Noel

British Council Re-Accreditation Letter

International Visitors

Monkhouse Staff visiting our partner school in Rajkot, India.

MfL ; The window to the world

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