Learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills including key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and extends their knowledge of how language works. It also provides opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes and learn new ways of thinking. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others and fostering respect for those who speak languages other than English. Many of our children have considerable skills in a number of world languages. We believe that the study of languages is important in our diverse, multi-lingual school community to prepare our children for life as citizens of the world. We encourage celebration of all the children’s languages and our community’s many linguistic talents.
Aims of the National Curriculum
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- can 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 the language studied.
The focus of study is on practical communication in real-life, child-friendly contexts to inspire a love of learning languages and an appreciation of the diversity of cultures around the world.
Pupils in KS2 have French lessons every term and enjoy additional short, activities to deepen their knowledge, skills and understanding
For information on the National Curriculum for Languages please click here
For information on our school’s Long Term Plans for Languages please click here
Useful French games and websites to visit
Interactive support for learning