Purpose of Study
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and 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 (National Curriculum, 2014)
At Burnt Tree we acknowledge that learning a language is a necessary part of living in a multicultural society. We aim for children to be culturally aware through relevant, creative, enjoyable and innovative lessons that build confidence in listening, reading, writing and speaking.
We teach our pupils to:
- Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
- Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
- Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.
- Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
- Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
- Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
- Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
- Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.
- Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.
- Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.
To help us achieve this we:
Begin the children’s language journey in Year 3, where they partake in weekly lessons. These lessons will follow the ‘Language Angels’ scheme. As children work through the scheme, language is revisited, revised and consolidated where appropriate
Encourage children to develop their speaking and listening skills in every lesson through conversational work, songs, rhymes and stories.
Provide opportunities to supplement lessons by introducing French in other areas of the school day for example when greeting children, taking the register, giving instructions and playing games
Celebrate whole school French days to develop the cultural understanding of the country and language.
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