At Awbridge Primary School we focus on French throughout Key Stage 2. We believe that it is important that the children gain experiences of other languages and aim to heighten their awareness of these through the teaching of various topics throughout the school year. European days and Inter-cultural celebrations take place to support this ethos.
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.
Key Stage 2 Objectives
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
- present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
- broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
Using the highly-respected Catherine Cheater scheme of work as guidance, children build progressively on the skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing through exposure to quality texts and authentic songs and rhymes. Through language learning children develop a tolerance and understanding of life in other countries but more importantly, are exposed to the many similarities that also exist between us. Children are provided with opportunities to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language.
Our aim is to develop a desire within our children to learn further languages, equipping them to study and work in other countries. Links with local universities, secondary schools and the resources within our own school community help us to achieve this.