Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures.
A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Our teaching of languages should enable children 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 children to study and work in other countries.
At Marsh Green Primary School, we aim to ensure that all children in Key Stage Two:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
Children have weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2. In Year Three and Year Four, children acquire basic skills and understanding of French with a strong emphasis placed on developing their Speaking and Listening skills.
These will be embedded and further developed in Year Five and Year Six, alongside Reading and Writing, gradually progressing onto more complex language concepts and greater learner autonomy.
It is intended that when children leave Marsh Green Primary School, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore, other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language.
In line with the National Curriculum for Languages, pupils at Marsh Green Primary School are taught to:
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
- engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
- develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
- present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
- broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clear.
- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.
- understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through a range of measures including: observing children speaking and listening in another language, marking of written work, book looks, interviewing the pupils about their learning and undertaking learning walks.
Teachers ensure that the knowledge taught is retained by the children and continually revisited and that children are able to apply the skills they have been taught to a variety of different settings, showing independence with their learning.
Impact will also be measured through in-lesson formative assessment measures, including low stakes assessment activities, such as quizzes, key questioning and child-led assessment of lesson success criteria.