At St Andrew’s Church of England school, we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with an aim of making substantial progress in one language. In addition, children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for further language learning in future. We believe that learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
Children develop their love of language learning and develop skills throughout their time in school. In Key Stage 2 children are given the opportunity to learn French as part of the broader curriculum.
In KS2, children are taught in regular sessions. We aim for our children to develop an appreciation of songs and stories in French throughout their time at the school.
Our school follows the iLanguages scheme of work, which is adapted to meet the needs of our own children Our children learn through active participation in actions, rhymes, stories, song, grammar focus, video clips, sentence structure, dictionary work and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.
In addition to this, we are developing links with a school abroad. In its initial stages, this will help children to develop their understanding of the international community and the significance of acquiring language skills in the 21st century.
Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out in the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures. These are as follows:
- 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