Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes; learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries
At St Luke’s, French is taught in KS2 in 30 minutes per week lessons, this knowledge is also embedded through 5-minute knowledge bursts per day.
We use songs, stories, role-play and games to help children develop a love of languages.
We focus on developing the children’s listening, speaking and reading skills. Written tasks gradually progress from single words in Year 3 to linking short sentences with conjunctions in Year 6.
As well as developing linguistic skills, the children’s SMSC development and their respect for British Values is enhanced as children learn about the diversity of France and other French speaking countries.
Children also explore aspects of geography, art, music, food and history.
In KS1 we use songs and greetings to introduce the concept of a foreign language.
Here is a link to the DfE Programmes of Study for MFL