Our Vision: TO DEVELOP AN ENTHUSIASM FOR MODERN LANGUAGES AND
DIFFERENT CULTURES BRINGING THE WHOLE WORLD TO OUR DOORSTEP
Subject Leader: Miss Butcher
The National Curriculum Purpose of Study for Languages:
“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.”
French at Kemsley:
From September 2014, learning a foreign language became compulsory at KS2. At Kemsley, we teach French through stories, songs, poetry and games using a fun and interactive scheme of work which ensures progression through KS2.
In Year 3, children will spend much of their time listening and speaking. Later on, children will be encouraged to develop reading and writing skills, which will be supported by, and reinforce, the development of oracy. Throughout KS2, children will be taught to listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding. Children will develop accurate pronunciation and intonation and describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing. They will also be taught to understand basic grammar.
What we are good at:
- Using authentic resources to enhance language learning and cultural understanding
- Drawing upon the knowledge of native French speakers
- Teaching French through stories, songs, games and fun activities
Things we are working on:
- Creating links with French speaking schools
- Ensuring assessment and self-assessment against the four key skills is firmly embedded throughout KS2.
- Using French on a regular basis for simple classroom commands