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In our school we teach a foreign language to all children as part of the normal school curriculum. The study of languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English. Learning a modern foreign language helps pupils develop their interest in the similarities and differences between themselves and others. This includes broadening their understanding of other countries, communities, cultures and peoples. Learning the basics of a foreign language also helps pupils develop their language and communication skills.

Aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of learning a modern language in primary school are:

  • To foster an interest in learning other languages
  • To introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun
  • To make young children aware that language has  structure and that the structure differs from one language to another
  • To help children develop an awareness of cultural differences in other countries
  • To develop their speaking and listening skills
  • To lay the foundation for future study

French is the modern language that we teach in our school. All pupils, from Year Three to Year Six receive a 60-minute French lesson every other week.

There is also an after school language club run by students from Milton Cross – Specialist Language College, who are participating in the Language Leaders Award.

The curriculum that we follow is based on the guidance given in the Languages programmes of study: key stage 2, National curriculum in England. We teach the children to know and understand how to:

  • Ask and answer questions
  • Use correct pronunciation and intonation
  • Memorise words
  • Interpret meaning
  • Understand basic grammar
  • Use dictionaries
  • Work in pairs, in groups and communicate in the other language
  • Look at life in another culture
  • Use ICT to practice new vocabulary