Modern Foreign Languages

 

The National Curriculum 2013 states that all children should have the opportunity to learn a modern foreign language in Key Stage 2. At Barugh Green, the language we teach to our children is French. We believe that it is important for children to have the opportunity to learn another language.

Here are just some of the reasons:

  1. You can enjoy learning about another language and culture (with topics ranging from animals, to food and entertainment.)
  2. You can travel to new places around the world - French is the native language in over 30 countries!
  3. Speaking another language really makes you stand out from the crowd – It’s an impressive achievement to speak a foreign language and could widen your options in the future.
  4. You develop 4 key skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  5. Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity and can help to improve memory.
  6. Learning a foreign language can help you to understand your own language and make it easier to learn others.

Furthermore, children will be setting the foundations for successful language learning in Key Stage 3 and beyond.

In Key Stage 1, children begin to learn simple useful phrases which are then incorporated into everyday activities such as taking the register, saying please and thank you and every day greetings.

This continues in Key Stage 2 and further time is allocated each week for children to learn French in class. French is taught through the use of fun games, songs and interactive activities. The focus of our French teaching in Key Stage 2 is on practical communication. The teaching enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings, focused on familiar and routine matters, using and building upon their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. Additionally, in Year 3, children enjoy learning a wide range of French songs with Mrs Jones on subjects ranging from the alphabet to items of clothing.

Key Stage 2 children also have the opportunity to attend French Club which runs in the Spring term. In the club, French is taught and practised in an informal setting and children find out more about the French culture.

On July 14th, the whole school enjoyed taking part in French Day. Children learned about the importance of Bastille Day to the French people and enjoyed taking part in a variety of activities including French food tasting and trying out the popular French game of boules!