We aim to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Languages; Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries (The 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England).
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
Languages in KS2 at Hagbourne is taught progressively to enable pupils to make substantial progress in one language (French). The teaching provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further language teaching at key stage 3. In years 3 and 4 French is taught in blocks (following a set scheme) by the class teacher. In years 5 and 6 there is a mix of teaching from the class teacher and a specialist teacher. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each blocked topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school.Teaching enables children to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. The focus of study in modern languages is on practical communication. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
Pupils are taught to: