The Key Stage 2 Programme of Study for Languages states that primary school pupils should be taught to ‘understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied.’
Getting to Grips with French Grammar at Key Stage 2
But it doesn’t give much specifics in terms of what grammar should be taught, to what level, and, crucially, how to ensure progression across all four years of Key Stage 2.
This is why Lara Townsend and Tracy Davies have written Getting to Grips with French Grammar at Key Stage 2.
Getting to Grips with French Grammar at Key Stage 2 breaks the French language into the key elements of gender, verbs and sentence buiding and forming questions, and provides a model of progression for each one.
Detailed assessment activities demonstrate how grammar can be assessed within a variety of contexts, alongside other aspects for the Language Programme of Study.
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You can order Getting to Grips with French Grammar on our website either in PDF for £10.99 or as a hardcopy book for £15.99. There is also the option to buy both the hardcopy and PDF together at a discounted price of £19.29.
The National Curriculum in England only has one page on spoken language and this covers the entire primary curriculum for Year 1 to 6. The curriculum specifies that pupils should be taught to:
Brilliant Activities for Speaking and Listening Key Stage 2 (KS2)
- listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
- ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
- use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary
- articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
- give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings
- maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
- use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
- speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English
- participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates
- gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)
- consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others
- select and use appropriate registers for effective communication.
The non-statutory notes helpfully state that ‘the content should be taught at a level appropriate to the age of the pupils. But if you are are Year 3 or a Year 6 teacher, how do you work out what speaking and listening skills to teach?
This is why we’ve brought out Brilliant Activities for Speaking and Listening at Key Stage 2.
The book contains 21 activities for Years 3–4 and 25 for Years 5-6. The activities range from interpreting facts and figures and working out the correct order in wich instructions and information are given to discussing and debating issues, such a bullying, junk foods and attitudes towards keeping pets. There are also opportunities for role-play, hot-seating, retelling stories, and for responding to and interpreting poems. The emphasis is on activities in which pupils use exploratory talk in order to clarify their viewpoints.
The following sample activities are available on our website, so you can ‘try before you buy’:
Stories are an ideal way to get children excited about learning French. A good French story will:
1. Provide an enjoyable, stress-free way to learn the rhythm of the language, intonation and pronunciation
In Il est grand et gros, the fourteenth story in Learn French with Luc et Sophie, 2ème Partie, Henri and Daniel are looking at Luc’s family photos. Luc points out various family members and tells them all about them. Who is the ugly baby with a bald head?
In J’adore le football !, the thirteenth story in Learn French with Luc et Sophie, 2ème Partie, Luc and Sophie are watching a quiz show on TV. When Luc shouts out the correct answer, Sophie congratulates him. Then Sophie gets a question right. Maman comes in and asks if they are feeling OK.
In Dans la salle de classe, the twelfth story in Learn French with Luc et Sophie, 2ème Partie, Sophie and Nadine are supposed to be doing a maths quiz, but they’re bored. They start to play « Portrait » (I Spy). What will Madame Cartier do when she sees them?
In Je vais aller en vacances, the eleventh story in Learn French with Luc et Sophie, 2ème Partie, the children are talking about where they are going on holiday. Sophie is excited about their camping trip to Spain, until she hears where her friends are going to go.