“To have another language is to possess a second soul.”
– Nelson Mandela
At Abbey Hulton Primary School, we aim to develop children’s experience of language acquisition and encourage curiosity about languages. We develop their understanding of what they hear and read, and help them improve their ability to express themselves in speech and writing. Extending their knowledge of how language works and exploring differences between French, English and indeed other modern foreign languages is important. We also aim to strengthen their sense of identity through learning about culture in Francophone countries and comparing it with their own culture. Language learning and exploring other cultures also helps children to develop personally, socially and emotionally. Even though learning a modern foreign language is only compulsory from year 3 upwards, we introduce informal language learning from EYFS and continue to develop this in key stage 1 so by the time children are in year 6, they have a firm foundation of vocabulary and key language learning skills to equip them for key stage 3 language learning and beyond.
At Abbey Hulton Primary School we believe that good modern foreign language teaching and learning happens when:
Children are engaged, excited and involved.
Children can discover for themselves through trial and error.
Children feel inspired to find out more.
Children confidently use technical vocabulary.
Teachers are confident about what they are teaching and have high expectations of all children.
Children talk, ask questions, share ideas, explain.
Useful links for learning and practising your modern foreign language skills.
www.linguagascope.com – your child has log in details for this site. This is a fantastic internet resource with games, vocab, as well as links for practising pronunciation. Also available are primary worksheets for reading and writing exercises. You can also explore lots of other languages.
KS2 French – BBC Bitesize– lots of ideas, ICT vocab games, pronunciation etc. Information on Francophone countries and culture.