At Gorseybrigg Primary School we teach French to all of our KS1 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 a good idea to introduce a new language to children when they are at primary school. The modern Foreign Language 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
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.
The 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.