Languages

Intent:

‘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.’ (National Curriculum 2014 – Appendix A).

At Chilton Community Primary School, we aim to give the children in our care as wide a range of opportunities and experiences as possible. We acknowledge the influence that Europe has on our lives and as the UK is becoming an increasingly multicultural society, we have a duty to provide our children with an understanding of other cultures and languages.

Our intent is for our children to develop a practical knowledge of French, enabling them to express their thoughts and ideas through interactive lessons.  We, at Chilton Community Primary School, provide many chances for pupils to communicate for practical purposes and we aim to give our pupils opportunities to gain knowledge about the language as well as the culture and traditions of France.

At Chilton Community Primary, children really enjoy learning to speak another language and we believe the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language in question is acquired. We are of the opinion that it is a good idea to introduce a new language to children when they are at primary school, as they tend to be less self-conscious about speaking aloud at this stage of their development. It is widely believed that the early acquisition of a foreign language facilitates the learning of other foreign languages later in life.

 

Implementation

At Chilton Community Primary School French is taught weekly in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.  A programme called Rising Stars is used, where the teachers follow a structured scheme to deliver fun and stimulating lessons.  Children’s learning builds progressively on previously taught and learnt vocabulary and phrases. The emphasis is on the spoken work and making learning fun through songs and games, varied resources and practical activities as well as more written activities as they move into Years 5 and 6.

Lessons are delivered through a broad range of interactive games, songs and activities that stimulate and encourage children of all abilities to explore and participate with a focus on practical application for speaking in a range of real life scenarios that enable pupils to demonstrate practical application of their language skills.  As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences

 

 Impact

Children will cover the aspects of learning as set out in the National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages. By the end of Year 6 they will be confident French speakers who are ready to move onto KS3 to further develop their language skills in French. They will become resilient language learners who are not afraid to “have a go” both in terms of pronunciation and producing written tasks.

  • Learning walks, pupil voice and pupil book study shows breadth of learning and progression.
  • Teachers use formative assessment to assess the children every half term and to inform their planning for future lessons.