Subject Leader – Mr Tate
The importance of acquiring languages early is recognised in current best practice and is becoming a National Curriculum requirement for Key Stage 2 children from September 2014.
At Myrtle Park Primary School our Modern Foreign Language is French. This is taught in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, usually once a week for 30 minutes. We also expose our younger children to other languages where appropriate through other areas of the curriculum.
We believe that learning and using languages is fun. This applies not only to English but to other languages. The learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between French and English. Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduces an international dimension to pupils’ learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others. 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.
The children are taught how to:
- Ask and answer questions
- Use correct pronunciation and grammar
- Memorise words
- Interpret meaning
- Understand basic grammar
- Use dictionaries
- Work together to communicate in French
- Look at life in another culture
- Read short texts
- Write words and sentences in French, progressing to paragraphs
The language skills our children acquire in primary school will remain with them throughout their lives.