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26/01/23

On Monday night we had 29 of our students travel to the O2 to perform in the largest school choir in the world with They all did amazingly! Well done. https://t.co/mSUPi3J0Od

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25/01/23

Nursery spaces available for 2-4 year olds! We are delighted with the new addition to our signage by . Thank you. https://t.co/LNCX9tg9nV

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24/01/23

Harley the hummingbird is our Nursery mascot and is looking forward to welcoming all our prospective parents to our Nursery Open Day tomorrow morning at 11:00. https://t.co/y3DQUx9dOz

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22/01/23

Happy Chinese New Year! our Nursery Hedgehogs class had a great time celebrating the year of the rabbit this week in class. https://t.co/KA3wVwLDG5

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19/01/23

We have a Nursery Open Day, next Wednesday for Nursery spaces in September this year. Please do book a space here: https://t.co/qSK8Quw8j8 https://t.co/wCFs5tkjWb

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18/01/23

Our nursery children had a great day today celebrating Winnie the Pooh day. Look out for our Nursery Open morning next Wednesday, 25th. https://t.co/E6VaU65Gey

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18/01/23

Today is Winnine The Pooh day! We are so fortunate to have our own dedicated library for the children to go and enjoy reading. https://t.co/c8xySkIFxu

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17/01/23

Our Nursery admissions for September 2023 are NOW OPEN online. Please apply here: https://t.co/xY3hkgHpg7 https://t.co/s93XdZ6vp5

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13/01/23

This Sunday is the deadline for applications for September 2023 reception spaces. Please ensure you have submitted your application with Surrey County Council. To watch our full video prospectus & find out more about our fantastic school then please go to https://t.co/UltISaEkkT https://t.co/2dryp2h2IO

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12/01/23

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11/01/23

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10/01/23

We are pleased to announce we are holding an open day tomorrow morning for anyone who would still like to apply for a reception place for September 2023. Please call the office to book a place. https://t.co/4lmdU0vgba

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09/01/23

Our Nursery & Reception class are doing ‘Into the woods’ this term and they started with reading Stick Man and creating their own Stick Men. https://t.co/ZVw6HiIUL2

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08/01/23

This time next week all applications for children starting reception in September need to have been submitted. https://t.co/f6Qg1sJYBN

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12/12/22

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12/12/22

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09/12/22

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05/12/22

Our bridge into school is now back open! https://t.co/PZrrRj78xd

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11/11/22

Retweeted From Barking Dog Media

A huge well done to the staff and pupils of Merstham Primary in Surrey as Ofsted praise their "heart-warming and caring" environment. https://t.co/ARYs1lkbJy https://t.co/NZjeYKUAI8

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11/11/22

Today is looking to be an explosive day for our Year 3 students at the London Natural History Museum. https://t.co/xpVtFEE3j5

MFL - Francais

MERSTHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL

At Merstham Primary School our vision statement A community growing learning and achieving together clearly sets out what we wish to achieve as a school community. Embedded in our vision are our values:-  Community,  Aiming High, Learning to Learn and wellbeing

Merstham Primary School aims to develop an interest in other cultures and languages. Learning a second language provides the children with the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, key individuals and cultural similarities and differences.

The intention is that pupils will feel able and encouraged to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2 and ultimately be working towards becoming life-long language learners.

Rationale for MFL (French) At merstham Primary School  

Language learning supports oracy and literacy. Children spend most of their time in language lessons speaking, listening and interacting with each other. This emphasis on communication, including language learning’s important role in ‘educating the ear’, underpins children’s capabilities in oracy, which is critical to effective communication as well as a key foundation for literacy.

 

Learning a language stimulates children’s creativity.  Children enjoy taking an active part in active language lessons. They join in with singing, reciting rhymes and poems, and respond to stories. They play games, take turns and experiment creatively with language.

 

Language learning supports and celebrates the international dimension. At a time when the United Kingdom has fewer second language speakers than many other European countries,  it is even more important that we give all children the chance to learn a language in order to gain insights into their own lives and those of others around the world.

 

The children  need the chance to learn about people in other countries and cultures and to reflect upon their own cultural identities and those of other people. Learning French, and learning about the countries where it is spoken, are also intended to promote aspiration for travel and a broadening of life experience.

 

Intent

Foster an interest in learning another language;  Develop speaking and listening skills; Apply and develop their knowledge of languages and language learning; Gain enjoyment, pride and a sense of achievement; Explore their own cultural identity and those of others; Increase personal aspiration.

 

 By the end of Key Stage 2 most pupils should be able 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

During key stage 2, our children learn how to express themselves in French and develop their understanding of how to respond to speakers in both speech and writing. In early years and key stage one, teachers are encouraged to teach ‘incidental French’. 

The school uses the Early Start French scheme of work. This resource was carefully selected as it provides a range of resources that enable the children to learn about French culture (food, family and special events such as the kite festival in Boulogne), to learn about French towns, cities and regions as well as hearing children speaking. The regional accent in the videos is Northern French from the Boulogne area, and is clear, understandable and accessible to the children

Useful weblinks to support learning

BBC Bitesize

Crickweb

BBC short clips and songs –French  

 

Curriculum area MFL - FRENCH

Intent – our rationale

Merstham Primary School is fully aware of the   importance of children’s exposure to other cultures. Learning a modern foreign language is an essential element of the children’s education. The school offers weekly French lessons to our Key Stage 2 children using the Early Start scheme. As children progress through the school they learn the essential vocabulary and move on to hold conversations and learn about French culture.

Implementation

 (How do we teach it)

Each KS2 class will have a French lesson on a weekly basis. The school uses the Early Start French scheme that exposes the children to native French speakers. Through song and practical lessons children will begin to recognise and learn French greetings, colours, days of the week and months of the year before building on to talking in full sentences.

Impact

What are the outcomes)

Children build upon their knowledge and skills from each year. The children learn to appreciate and enjoy other cultures and to immerse themselves in the learning of a new language. We want to develop children’s confidence and prepare them for when they move on to further language learning at secondary school.