At Great Wishford we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils.
It helps them to develop communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives the children a new perspective on the world encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
The focus language taught in our school is French.
We teach French across key stage 2 and use the Language Angels scheme of work to support the teaching and learning. This provides clear progression for the development of speaking and listening, and vocabulary acquisition. It ensures development is progressive as they build on previous knowledge from units already studied in the key skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar. Progress is assessed using informal and formal assessments provided by Language Angels which link to the DFE Languages Programme of Study. Lessons include lots of opportunities for children to contribute in French and their efforts are always positively rewarded. Activities include games, role play, action songs and rhymes, and reading materials designed to help children learn French in a fun and engaging manner.
Children at Great Wishford are encouraged to understand the relevance of what they are learning in languages and how it relates to everyday life, work and travel. It is emphasised how the language could help them in another country or to talk to a French speaker, both now and in their future careers.
Pupils will be able to communicate with each other in French and will become aware that the structure of language differs from one language to another. Pupils will enrich their language learning by developing an understanding of French culture and will transfer to secondary school well prepared to continue and develop their language skills.