At Christleton Primary School, we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils.
It helps them to develop communication skills, including key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
It prepares them to participate in a rapidly changing world in which other activities are often carried out in languages other than English. The skills of learning a new language are transferable and life long. These skills will enable our children to access foreign languages in their future lives, whether for travel of in the international workplace.
At Christleton Primary School we teach French from year three upwards.
At Christleton Primary School, we value the learning of another language as a life-skill and we aim to develop an interest for learning other languages in the future.
We aim to make the learning of French an enjoyable, interactive and stimulating experience whilst embedding the essential skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing. Building of the children’s ‘cultural capital’ is built in as they become aware of similarities and differences in other cultures.
As many of our pupils have the opportunities to travel widely, the development of a foreign language is beneficial for their future opportunities.
At Christleton, we deliver the teaching of French through a new scheme of work introduced in September 2019. EarlyStart languages is an online resource aimed at the non-specialist teacher. As the majority of our key stage 2 teachers are non-French speaking, we have chosen this resource for its video clips, spoken examples and clear planning structure.
The scheme is split into 3 sections to be delivered across 4 year groups. Each new unit has clear teaching guidance and resources. The children experience a variety of skills including singing, reading, writing and drawing. As they progress they will develop a bank of vocabulary that can then be used in a wider variety of situations.
Lessons are taught as a discrete session, once weekly by non-specialist teachers. Development of the language will be promoted in the future as we learn songs in assembly and displays are developed around the school.
Teachers use summative assessment of the childrens’ progress at the end of each unit of work which are then recorded half-termly as a judgement of WT (working towards the expected standard), EXP (working at the expected standard) and GD (working beyond the expected standard).