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Modern Foreign Languages at Brooklands

French

At Brooklands, French is taught from Year 5 to Year 8.  The content of the curriculum is planned carefully in order that students develop skills in a sequence starting with modelling and awareness, building to spontaneity.  Language learning is all about recycling and using familiar language in new contexts.  We extend previously learnt vocabulary and build up grammar, which is recycled in a variety of contexts in order to develop mastery.  

By the time pupils leave Brooklands, they are able to: 

  • understand and respond to spoken and written French; 
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation; 
  • write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt; 
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in French.  

Progression Plans for French are available to view on this page.  These describe where pupils are expected to be at the end of each year.   

Celebrating languages and Cultural Capital

We liaise with local Middle and Upper schools to promote language learning and culture. We run a successful MFL Mastery day with Fulbrook and Gilbert Inglefied Middle Schools and future plans include a theatre visit for KS3 pupils at Cedars Upper School.  

In French we relate the topics we are studying to the countries where the language is spoken and we often talk about current events and special occasions in the counties where the language is spoken, for example: Olympics/Tour de France; French sports people, singers, actors, school subjects, food and other customs.  

We are proud of our collaborative curriculum at Brooklands, and the MFL Scheme of Work makes links and references to other subjects.  When DT make Aliens, we learn how to describe them in French. When Art are looking at the French Revolution, we are studying Bastille Day celebrations.  We also collaborate with Art to teach basic Spanish while they are studying Mexican Art. 

 MFL Curriculum Overview 2021_22