The foreign language the children learn at Medstead is French. We believe that early exposure to French has a beneficial and positive effect on the children’s learning. By starting French in their Reception Year, children enter Key Stage Two with an already well-developed awareness of how French sounds, of some similarities and differences in French and English life, and with a range of basic vocabulary and skills which gives them confidence in their ability to progress further. This culminates in Year 6 running a French Café for the whole school.
Purpose of Study (taken from The Primary National Curriculum in England 2014 Key Stages 1&2 Framework)
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.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
For further details please visit www.gov.uk/dfe/nationalcurriculum