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. Children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for further language learning in future and learning another language will give children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others, which feeds into our focus on global learning. At Eldersfield Lawn C of E Primary School, we have taken the decision to teach French to key stage 2 as our modern foreign language as this is the language our KS2 staff have the most knowledge of.
Our school follows the lightbulb languages scheme of work, which is adapted to meet the needs of our own children. As we acknowledge children’s different learning styles, our children learn through active participation in actions, rhymes, stories, song, grammar focus, video clips, sentence structure, dictionary work, book making and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills. In KS2, children are taught in weekly sessions with class teachers reinforcing their learning outside of lessons where possible. We aim for our children to develop an appreciation of vocabulary, songs and stories in French throughout their time in KS2.