At Felsted Primary School our aim is to ignite a desire for the acquisition of languages and to help open doors for our children in the global community in which we live. The learning of French provides a valuable educational, social, and cultural experience for all pupils. We aim to have all children leave our school having developed a natural curiosity and confidence to explore other countries, cultures and languages and to be engaged and prepared to continue language learning at secondary school.
A high-quality languages education should nurture children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should inspire children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, while also understanding and responding to the French language, both in speech and in writing.
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.
Although the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages is only statutory in the KS2 curriculum, we at Felsted Primary School believe that preparing the children in EYFS and KS1 will have a positive effect on their enthusiasm for languages, creating a strong base to develop children further in becoming successful linguists.
We aim to do this by allowing our EYFS children to encounter different languages through their topics, start to sing songs and greet each other in French through register/play/rhymes-some familiar cartoons in French.
In Year 1 and 2, we continue to build upon developing enthusiasm for languages further. Children respond to the register in French and use simple words and phrases such as ‘merci’, bonjour Madame, basic numbers and colours. By the end of Y2, children receive some short formal French lessons which introduce them to our French curriculum. They are enthused and given their new books to take up into Y3.
The curriculum for years 3-6 is resourced by the Kapow Scheme of work. The interactive programme and resources are used to create a structured lesson with a variety of learning styles and offers full coverage of the KS2 languages curriculum