Learning a new language fosters curiosity in other countries and enables our children to become part of the modern global marketplace.
Our curriculum supports children to communicate in another language by understanding and responding to both spoken and written communication. We provide opportunities for all children to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and be excited about learning about countries and their languages. In doing so, we are laying the foundations to continue their learning in KS3. We know that in an ever growing global marketplace, learning other languages will ensure our children are ready to become global citizens. Our children will understand that language lies at the heart of ideas about individual identity and community, and learning another language can shape children’s understanding of their own language.
In Early Years, our children are given opportunities to discuss and explore similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries. Through our continuous provision our children develop their understanding of the world, exploring the culture and cuisine of a range of countries. Throughout Key Stage 1, children are introduced to French informally – using numbers and colours during PE lessons to answering the register in French. In Key Stage 2, all children receive a weekly 1 hour lesson from their class teacher. Each lesson is structured so that the children can develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Teachers in Key Stage 2 use the Rigolo programme to deliver French. This supports teachers with confidently delivering French content, supported by native speakers. It builds skills progressively focusing on a range of topics to provide context for learning and build vocabulary and grammar skills
During our lessons, children will use self-assessment to understand their learning and their progress. Teachers will make diagnostic assessments whilst teaching, constantly reviewing and consolidating learning, building on prior knowledge.
Our children will:
- acquire an appreciation, enjoyment and life-long love of languages.
- develop confident and positive attitudes towards language learning.
- demonstrate awareness of culture, traditions and languages spoken by people in other countries.