French
Subject Leader - Carol Druett 


The National Curriculum for Foreign Languages in Years 3 to 6.

Note that the curriculum aims state that: Teaching may be of any modern or ancient foreign language and should focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. At St. Michael’s Junior School, we focus on French.

Listening & Comprehension

Our children will be taught to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words

Speaking

Our children will be taught to:

  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help*
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases*
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences*

Reading & Comprehension

Our children will be taught to:

  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary

Writing

Our children will be taught to:

  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.

(*Not ancient languages)

 


   

    Religious Eduction (RE)
Subject Leader - Harriet Stevens

As a Voluntary Aided Church of England School, St Michael’s follows the Chelmsford Diocesan Syllabus which covers two key areas of attainment:

  • Learning about religion
  • Learning from religion

Religious Education will predominantly focus on Christianity although other major world faiths will be studied in order to help children take their place as responsible global citizens in a multi-ethnic society.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children form Religious Education and it is the responsibility of the Governing Body to make alternative arrangements for the child’s education in such cases.