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Foreign Language

Intent

Language learning is a skill that is vital for the globalized world of the 21st century. It enables us to communicate with others thus breaking down barriers and in turn increasing interracial tolerance.

Through songs, games, practical and fun activities, we aim to ignite curiosity and develop a lifelong interest in language learning, exposing children to a wide range of different languages (including BSL) throughout their time at Preston.

In KS2, children will be given opportunities to acquire and develop language skills with increasing confidence and competence, with French being the language chosen to be taught in depth. Through such teaching children will also learn about different cultures, awakening their interest in other people and developing a broader intercultural understanding. As they move onto secondary education, children will have a better understanding of their role as a global citizen. They will have an enthusiastic and positive attitude towards languages and be keen to continue their journey of language learning.

Delivery of the Foreign Language curriculum

At Preston Primary School learning a language is fun! Our pupils look forward to their French lessons and take part with great enthusiasm. We recognise that language learning isn’t just about vocabulary but also having an understanding of grammar and phonics. With this in mind, our lessons incorporate all of these elements to give the children some solid foundations in language learning as well as some skills that can be transferrable no matter what language they chose to learn in the future. Our curriculum is based on retrieval and each lesson starts with a recap of previous learning. The children are given opportunities to develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing and a strong emphasis is also put on learning about the French culture.

Progression of skills

Speaking and Listening
Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.
In Year Three
Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
In Year Four
Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.
In Year Five
Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions.
In Year Six
Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
Continue to engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.
Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
Reading and Writing
Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.
In Year Three
Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
In Year Four
Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
In Year Five
Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.
In Year Six
Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.

How can I support my child?

  1. Take an interest and learn with your child – get them to teach you some words and phrases.
  2. Make it multimedia – why not find books, cartoons and songs in French? They can be a fantastic way to learn a language without even realising it!
  3. Make it fun – playing even simple games like ‘Snap’, ‘Guess Who’ and ‘Snakes and Ladders’ and adding an element of French such as counting, colours or just answering yes and no can be a wonderful aid!
  4. A good way to help your child is to use some of the online resources available. Some ‘free’ places to look are: *BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary *Duolingo https://www.duolingo.com/ *Little Red Languages https://www.littleredlanguages.co.uk/

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