St Anne's Catholic Primary School

Mother Teresa Catholic Academy Trust

St Anne's Catholic Primary School | Pinkerton Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG22 6RE

0125 6464 165

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MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Co-ordinator: Miss V Argent

The Modern Foreign Languages curriculum has been used with the Primary Languages Network as a basis to ensure breadth, balance, continuity and progression. At St Anne’s, we believe that learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all pupils (cultural capital). They develop communication and English skills that lay the foundation for future learning of languages. Pupils 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 the multilingual and multicultural world around us. 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. Children also acquire some knowledge and understanding of the different languages and cultures in the world today. Throughout the primary languages curriculum, it develops new skills and knowledge based upon what has been taught before, allowing all pupils to work towards clearly defined end points.

Children learn French from being exposed memorable learning opportunities with teaching being underpinned by French stories and by learning about French culture. The school provides a coherently planned curriculum, sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge, skills and cultural capital.

 

We therefore intend that all pupils will:

  • To introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun.
  • To help children develop awareness of cultural similarities and differences in different countries developing cultural capital.
  • To develop their speaking and listening skills.
  • To develop awareness of sentence structure and grammar.
  • To familiarise themselves with the sounds and written form of a modern foreign language.
  • To develop particular language-learning skills;
  • To begin to understand a new language, and communicate in it;
  • To learn about different countries and their people;
  • To use their knowledge of the foreign language with growing confidence, both to understand what they hear and read, and to express themselves in speech and writing;
  • To acquire, through all of the above, a sound basis for further study at Key Stage 3 and beyond.
  • Focus, build-upon and learn key vocabulary to develop understanding of concepts and knowledge.
  • To have a sound basis for further language learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond.

We use a range of pedagogical practices in the teaching of primary languages to ensure that we are successful with our Intent. This can range from small group tasks, individual tasks, whole class tasks. We focus a lot on teacher modelling, expert questioning, giving children memorable experiences and over-learning to ensure that key knowledge is transferred to children’s long-term memory.

  • To develop their speaking and listening skills.
  • To develop awareness of sentence structure and grammar.
  • To familiarise themselves with the sounds and written form of a modern foreign language.
  • To develop particular language-learning skills;
  • To begin to understand a new language, and communicate in it;
  • To make comparisons between languages;
  • To learn about different countries and their people, and work with materials from different countries and communities, thus increasing their awareness of other cultures;
  • To use their knowledge of the foreign language with growing confidence, both to understand what they hear and read, and to express themselves in speech and writing;
  • To acquire, through all of the above, a sound basis for further study at Key Stage 3 and beyond.
  • Focus, build-upon and learn key vocabulary to develop understanding of concepts and knowledge.
  • Read a variety of different books to promote over-learning and the development of pre-skills to develop understanding of culture to embed learning in the long-term memory.
  • Build in memorable experiences to promote deep learning.
  • To have a sound basis for further language learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond.