The purpose of all language is communication and our aim, in the early years of learning a foreign language, is to generate enthusiasm, enjoyment and to give the children the confidence to participate and persevere.
Our Nursery to Year 2 children are introduced to a wide range of different language that reflect not only the commonly taught languages of French and Spanish but we also celebrate those languages that children may use at home.
From Year 3, children are taught French as this is one of the main languages taught by our local secondary school where most of our children go to. Activities will include the development of the following skills:
- Speaking and listening
Children will be exposed to a wide range of different audiences where staff, parents and visitors will all contribute to their learning. This is the primary focus for children as it is through conversation and interaction with others that children will understand the exciting value of communicating with others who have different backgrounds to their own
Children will use a wide range of texts that will build on what they have heard
Children will be gradually given the opportunity to write down words and phrases which will provide a concrete baseline for the languages children will learn when children move to secondary school.
On leaving Harvey Road Primary School a successful learner of this subject will:
- Be able to speak in French with increasing confidence
- Be able to write paragraphs, of at least three sentences, for different purposes and audiences
- Experiment, take risks and are not afraid to make and learn from mistakes when they are speaking or writing in French
- Pupils know that learning a language means learning about and appreciating other cultures