Curriculum

Languages

 

Intent

All pupils at West Hill Primary School have the right to learn an additional language, the study of which liberates children from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. Language lessons give children opportunities to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both verbally and in writing. They also provide opportunities to read age-appropriate literature and learn songs in the target language. Ultimately, language lessons at West Hill aim to provide a firm foundation for further language-learning, equipping children with the skills that they need in order to become life-long language learners, both for the pleasure that can be derived from doing so, and for the practical purpose of equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

We recognise its importance as a life-long skill.  Every pupil in Key Stage 2 has an entitlement to language learning.

Implementation

In Key Stage 2, all pupils have an opportunity to learn French.  A weekly lesson of 60 minutes for Year 6 and once every fortnight for Years 3, 4 and 5.

French is taught by a specialist language teacher, formerly a Secondary MFL teacher who has undergone extensive training in MFL pedagogy.  Year 3 is taught by the class teacher who is advised and mentored by the specialist teacher.  In addition, there are two KS1 French Clubs offered by the specialist language teacher.

Pupils in KS2 experience a wide variety of activities which enable them to acquire new knowledge and develop their understanding and skills in the Primary Language.

The current Scheme of Work has been developed by the specialist teacher, ensuring coverage of reading, writing, speaking and listening and building in opportunities for children to revisit knowledge at varying degrees of complexity at a variety of points throughout the four years of study to ensure progression.

Modern Foreign Languages policy