Here at Skegby Junior Academy we recognise the value that a high quality languages curriculum can offer to our pupils. All pupils are entitled to learn a modern foreign language and our languages curriculum aims to inspire a generation of linguists, travellers and global citizens.
Through a series of progressive topics throughout the year children develop their French vocabulary whilst learning a variety of grammatical structures. They develop their skills of listening and understanding spoken French, also reading written French and beginning to write their own simple French sentences. The skills learned in French also support learning across the curriculum as learning another language complements English language development.
National Curriculum Aims for Languages
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 they have learnt.
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
From Year 3 to Year 6 we teach French to all children. Our approach is to make learning a new language fun! Young pupils are very receptive to learning a new language; they like to mimic pronunciation and they can easily pick up and duplicate new sounds. They feel a real sense of accomplishment when they learn to say something new in a different language. They are excited about being able to communicate with someone in a different language. Although often differentiated by outcome, all children can succeed with the languages curriculum, with an emphasis on songs, rhymes and games often best suiting our SEND and EAL learners. Our more able children are encouraged to push themselves by developing their own verbal and written communication, without the reliance on word banks or speaking/ writing frames. We have discreet lessons on the timetable (fortnightly) but we will also integrate the foreign language into the everyday routine, answering the register in French and using our French visual calendars in every classroom.
National Curriculum Language Programmes of Study