Learning a foreign language provides 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 Deputy Head Teacher is a Primary Modern Foreign Languages specialist and she has developed an innovative and engaging curriculum for French across the whole school from Year 3 to Year 6. 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 are taught a French lesson by the class teacher every week and enjoy additional short, daily activities to deepen their knowledge, skills and understanding.
Click below for an overview of the curriculum:
Pupils in Year 1 and 2 enjoy a magical start to language learning by taking part in animated adventure stories with Milo and Amelie, their little French puppet friends. Milo and Amelie teach them to sing along, perform actions and speak French with confidence.