At Gorseybrigg Primary School we teach French to all of our KS1 and KS2 children as part of the new National Curriculum. We do this for several reasons. Firstly we believe that a Modern Foreign Language prepares our children to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are often carried out in languages other than English. Secondly, we believe that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language in question is acquired and therefore it is a good idea to introduce a new language to children when they are at primary school. The Modern Foreign Language(MFL) taught at Gorseybrigg Primary School is French.
Aims and Objectives
The aims and objectives of learning a modern foreign language in primary school are:
- To foster an interest in learning other languages
- To introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun
- To make young children aware that language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another
- To help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries
- To develop their speaking and listening skills
- To lay the foundations for future study
In KS2, staff use a range of resources to deliver the curriculum, including the Primary Languages Network. We offer both ongoing language sessions, as well as full day/half day French focus days, which gives the children more time to embed these new skills.
Year 1 and Year 2 children have a regular 1 hour lesson of modern foreign language a week, in order to ensure progression and skills development. The lesson is taught by a specialist French teacher, in order to help them understand the basics.
All of our children are taught to know and understand how to:
- Ask and answer questions
- Use correct pronunciation and intonation
- Memorise words
- Interpret meaning
- Understand basic grammar
- Work in pairs and groups, and communicate in French
During French sessions children are given the opportunity to work as a class, as individuals and as part of a group. The choice of class organisation is determined by the learning task. By its nature MFL will involve lots of interaction with visual, auditory and kinaesthetic prompts.