Languages are at the centre of our school due so many different languages being spoken by our children. We believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with an aim of making substantial progress in one language. In addition, children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for further language learning in future. We believe that learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others, which feeds into our whole school ethos where many religions and cultures are represented.
We believe that every child should have the opportunity throughout Key Stage 2 to study a Modern Foreign Language to enable children to learn about, and foster an interest in, another language and culture other than their own. This will enable them to develop personal qualities, skills, knowledge and understanding, make a major contribution to their communication and literacy skills and raise awareness of other cultures through intercultural understanding.
The aim of our school is:
- For all Key Stage 2 children to learn French
- For children to understand their own lives in the context of exploring the lives of others
- For MFL to be embedded across the KS2 curriculum
- For all children to develop an enthusiastic and positive attitude to other languages and language learning
- For all children to develop language learning skills
- To raise awareness of aspects of children’s own language and make comparisons with the target language, thereby enriching their understanding of both
- To become increasingly familiar with the sounds and written form of a modern foreign language
- For all children to enjoy some degree of success in learning a new language
- For all children to use their knowledge with growing confidence and competence to understand what they hear and read, and to express themselves in speech and in writing
- For all children to increase cultural capital
- For all children to form a sound basis for further language learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond