Modern Foreign Languages
“Learning a language enriches the curriculum. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained can make a major contribution to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture/s and those of others.” The Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages (DfES 2005), Part Two page 4.
Foreign language learning has been introduced to all primary schools. We recognise its value and will provide Language learning opportunities for all children throughout the school. The main language taught in our school is French, although pupils in KS2 have the opportunity to learn German and Spanish.
Our values and beliefs about primary languages
We believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils, enabling them to:
- Develop key communication skills
- Extend their knowledge of how language works
- Acquire the skills and confidence to learn any language at any time in their life
- Acquire new perspectives on the world
- Develop their understanding of their own cultures and those of others.
The aims of Primary Languages teaching are to:
- foster an interest in language learning by introducing children to other languages in a way that is enjoyable and accessible to all pupils;
- stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and creativity in experimenting with it;
- support oracy and literacy, and in particular develop speaking and listening skills;
- help children develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences;
- lay the foundations for future language study;
Understanding and using the foreign language
1. In the early stages of language learning pupils might be taught:
a. how to use and respond to the foreign language
b. how to listen carefully in order to discriminate sounds, identify meaning and develop auditory awareness
c. correct pronunciation and intonation
d. how to ask and answer questions
e. techniques for memorising words, phrases and short extracts
f. how to use context and clues to interpret meaning
g. how to make use of their knowledge of English or another language in learning the foreign language.
2. Pupils can be taught about other countries and cultures by:
a. working with authentic materials including some from ICT-based sources
b. considering their own culture and comparing it with others
c. considering the experiences of other people.
3. In order to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding further, pupils might also be taught:
a. the interrelationship of sounds and writing
b. simple aspects of grammar and how to apply them
c. how to initiate conversations
d. how to use dictionaries and other reference materials
e. how to communicate with each other in the foreign language in pairs
and groups and with their teacher
f. how to use their knowledge of the language creatively and imaginatively
g. how to use the foreign language for real purposes.