In St. Clare’s Catholic Primary School, languages are a fundamental part of our community identity. There are many different languages spoken in the school community and these languages are celebrated throughout the year and displayed in the classrooms and corridors alongside French.
The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning.
The intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will build their language skills in preparation for Key Stage 3 as well as becoming life-long language learners.
Children in Key Stage 2 have access to a very high-quality foreign languages curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources. This progressively develops pupil skills in foreign languages through regularly taught and well-planned 30 minute lessons taught in blocks of 6 weeks each term. Learning is accomplished through games, songs, repetition of key vocabulary and differentiated independent activities. The children in Key Stage 1 access French through songs, responding to the register and counting. They also participate in whole school French celebrations at Christmas and on Bastille Day in July.
Throughout Key Stage 2, children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes - building blocks of language into more complex, fluent and authentic language.
Units, where possible and appropriate, are linked to class topics and cross curricular themes. Children will build on previous knowledge gradually as their foreign language lessons continue to recycle, revise and consolidate previously learnt language whilst building on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Knowledge and awareness of required and appropriate grammar concepts is taught throughout all units at all levels of challenge.
Grammar is integrated and taught discreetly throughout all appropriate units. Teachers can also use the specific Grammar Explained units to ensure pupils are exposed to all of the appropriate grammar so they are able to create their own accurate and personalised responses to complex authentic foreign language questions by the end of the primary phase.
Teachers assess the children at the end of each unit of work in the four areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. These assessments are then fed into future planning to ensure that all children are supported and challenged.