Learning a foreign language is liberating and provides an opening to other cultures. At Barnack, we teach French and aim to provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language, enabling children to communicate for practical purposes, understand and respond to its speakers and express ideas. The knowledge children acquire throughout KS2 is progressively challenging as designed and intended by the use of the Rising Stars ‘Euro Stars’ scheme.
We aim to ensure children:
Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand them.
Engage in conversations, ask and answer questions, express opinions and respond to those of others, and seek clarification and help.
Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
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, expressing their ideas clearly.
Describe people, pleases, things and actions in speech and in writing.
In line with the New Curriculum, we have decided to focus on one language, French, across Key Stage 2 and use the Rising Stars ‘Euro Stars’ Scheme to support our teaching.
As well as developing a basic vocabulary and knowledge of a foreign language the children are given an understanding of the cultural significance of language as part of identity and history.