Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Language

Modern Foreign Languages is currently taught in Key Stage 2, with Years 3 and 4 learning French and Years 5 and 6 learning Spanish. We aim to ensure that all pupils can understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. To speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions. To write for different purposes and audiences and to discover and develop an appreciation for the language and culture studied.

We aim for our pupils to listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding. To explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words. To engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others. Begin to 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. To read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing. Develop an appreciation of stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language, as well as describing people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.

We also cover languages in Early Years and Key Stage One. When the children are in Nursery and Reception classes they learn Makaton and British Sign language. This supports their learning of the English language and also widens their understanding of those with different communication needs to their own.

In Key Stage One children currently learn a range of different languages such as Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Mandarin, German and Welsh. These are covered in an informal “word of the day” type program. With children learning a range of communicational words and phrases from a wide range of languages. They will learn things such as “Hello, how are you?” How to say their name and how to say please and thank you. This enables them to understand the different international communication needs we have around the world and spark their enthusiasm for learning languages.

This also links into our International school learning, enabling the children to be global citizens with a growing awareness of the world around them.