At St. Oswald’s, we aim to foster an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and fun. We aim to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and to celebrate other languages spoken in our school community. In our diverse, multi-cultural society, we aim to help the children develop their awareness of cultural differences within their own and other countries. We maintain a link with a partner school in Nimes in the south of France so children can communicate with real French people.
All children from Reception to Year 6 are taught French every week by a specialist teacher.
In Key Stage 1, French is taught through games, songs and stories so lessons are lively and engaging. The focus is on the key skills of listening and speaking. We aim to develop their confidence to have a go as they begin to memorise and recite familiar words and phrases.
In Key stage 2, we follow the national curriculum for languages. This 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 through stories, songs and poems.
We aim to give our children a foundation for future language learning that encourages and enables them to apply their skills to learn further languages, further develop their understanding of the English language, enabling them to be able to study and work in other countries in the future.