Modern Foreign Language
The learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for children. Children develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between a foreign language and English. Learning another language raises awareness of a multicultural world and introduces an international dimension to children’s learning. The learning of a foreign language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.
At Holly Lodge, French is the modern foreign language we have chosen to cover the objectives of the National Curriculum. In Year 4, children will be introduced to the basics of French. Through interactive games, videos and practical activities, the children will learn to develop accurate pronunciation and intonation. Through songs and rhymes, children will explore the patterns and sounds of the language. As the children progress through Key Stage 2, there will be more emphasis placed on understanding the basic grammar of French. Children will be asked to not only write but also to read simple texts written in French. In addition to learning the French language, children will be introduced to the countries around the world in which French is spoken and develop an appreciation for French culture and traditions.
The purpose of teaching a foreign language at Key Stage 2 is to lay the foundations for foreign language teaching at Key Stage 3.