‘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)
Learning a language enriches the curriculum helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained contribute to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture and those of others. Through exposure to different languages and cultures the children learn tolerance for diversity.
At Campton Academy, we feel that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language in question is acquired. We believe that the early acquisition of French will facilitate the learning of other foreign languages later in life, as well as embedding a good understanding of grammar concepts in their own native language. We aim to prepare children for the KS3 language curriculum to enable them to transfer confidently and successfully.
We teach French from EYFS2, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The school uses the "Camembear" scheme of work to support the teaching and learning of French in EYFS and Key Stage 1. This provides clear progression for the development of speaking and listening with the younger children. They are mostly taught using fun games, songs and repetition.
In Key Stage 2, we follow the Language Angels scheme of work. Teaching involves resources to support the teaching and learning opportunities for pupils.
A variety of the following techniques are used to encourage children to have an active engagement with French:
• Games – in order to develop vocabulary through repetition, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
• Role-play – this should relate to the situations the children may find themselves in the future.
• Action songs and rhymes – to develop phonetic skills, memory skills and to further vocabulary.
• Reading and writing quality materials.
• ICT programs and websites; the use of ICT to develop communication skills.
• We build children’s confidence through praise for any contribution they make in the foreign language, however tentative.
We base the teaching on the 2014 National Curriculum through the Language Angels. We have adapted this to the context of our school. This provides teachers with clear progression grids and content for teaching and learning.
Through the high quality first teaching of French taking place we will see the impact of the subject in the following ways:
- Children will be able to communicate with each other in French.
- Children will become aware that a language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another.
- Children will further develop their first language through development of the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
- Children will enrich their language and broaden their views of the world by developing an understanding of French culture.
- Children will learn how language skills can be applied to a range of languages.
- Children will transfer to KS3 effectively and successfully and will be well prepared to continue and develop their language skills.