The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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.
At The Lea, we believe that learning a Modern Foreign Language enriches the curriculum and prepares pupils to participate in an ever changing, multi-lingual world. We hope to instil a positive attitude towards and enthusiasm for language learning.
The language we teach is French, which is taught using the Rigolo scheme of work. We use a variety of different interactive ways of learning, including short animated film clips, games, songs and lots of repetition of vocabulary as well as written work. We are very fortunate to have two members of staff who are fluent French speakers and this has been beneficial to the learning of the language for our children.
At The Lea, we have a rich variety of backgrounds and cultures represented and we have several children who speak other languages. We celebrate our diversity and add to this international dimension by having an annual International Week. During this week each class immerse themselves in the culture and language of one country, usually represented within the class or the school. By learning other languages and cultures, we feel it helps the children to broaden their minds and to reflect upon their own cultural identity as well as others.