At All Saints we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. The focus language taught in our school is French.
French is taught regularly to ensure progression and skills development but other languages are taught on suitable occasions to ensure that the linguistic expertise of all staff is used. Christmas carols, festivals, geography/history project work all contain foreign language elements, which enables all pupils to experience a variety of languages.
Although MFL is a cross-curricular subject, children in KS2 are taught specific skills, concepts and vocabulary in a weekly-dedicated French lesson with the class teacher and a specialised Language teacher. The class teacher reinforces the content of these sessions during the week.
The children are taught how to:
· ask and answer questions
· use correct pronunciation and grammar
· memorise words
· interpret meaning
· understand basic grammar
· use dictionaries
· work in pairs and groups and communicate in French
· look at life in another culture
At All Saints’ we integrate language learning into everyday school life, with teachers, teaching assistants and children using and experimenting with their knowledge of different languages whenever the opportunity arises. We foster a problem-solving approach, giving children opportunities to work out language use for themselves in a supportive context where risk-taking and creativity are encouraged, and there is an emphasis on having fun with the new language. Our French club for our Year 2 children is extremely popular.