All pupils at Reach Academy learn French. We believe that successful language learning is achieved through regular exposure at a high intensity, and pupils therefore have half hour lessons four times a week in year 7, and five times a week in year 8. Our vision in French is to ensure that every child is able to access the French language within all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and apply it confidently to everyday contexts. In order to achieve this, schemes of work have been specifically designed to provide both academic rigour and entertaining, authentic activities to develop pupils’ learning.
In their first term year 7 pupils have been learning how to conjugate present tense verbs and independently form their own written and spoken phrases, whilst year 8 have been working confidently in two tenses. Lessons are designed to ensure that pupils practise speaking and listening skills as much as possible, as this is
All staff at Reach Academy is very supportive of language learning and the use of basic target language extends beyond the French classroom. A major focus for the second half of term has been to encourage pupils to respond in French wherever possible, and it has been fantastic to hear pupils thanking and greeting each other in French around school. We are also teaming up with the Primary French pupils to run weekly French lunches whereby pupils have to communicate with each other in French and hold basic conversations at the table.where they see the value in learning another language. We therefore use a lot of role-play in class, and this term year 8 pupils have really enjoyed pretending they are in a French restaurant waiting to order their food. This should set them in good stead for the annual trip to Paris at the end of the year!
Our long-term aim is to have pupils achieve 100% A*-B in French at GCSE and for a large proportion of pupils to continue with a language at A Level and beyond. We are currently looking into introducing a second language option at GCSE and hope to welcome a foreign language assistant to the school for the start of the 2014-2015 academic year.
“I am Portuguese but have learnt how to speak English since I moved to the UK a year ago. I love French because it is similar to Portuguese so I find it easier to learn, and I love speaking it in class.” Diogo Cardoso, year 7
“I love French because it is fun. We get to pretend that we’re in France in class and we’re learning about the advantages of learning another language. For example, one advantage is that with a language, we could work in a big company which would allow us to experience other cultures.” Teja Koneru, year 8
“French lessons are really fun because it’s not like normal schools where they just give you words. Here, we do different things. We do fun activities and all pupils, including myself, have learnt new things in French. Maybe in the future we will be able to speak fluently.” Aysha Berghout, year 8