"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages opens every door along the way." Frank Smith.
Teaching French is used across all of KS2 and the focus for learning is on practical communication. Teaching is in line with the recommendations of the National Curriculum, with modifications in place which allow for the individual and differentiated needs of the children.
KS2 children have a regular weekly lesson of modern foreign language a week, in order to ensure progression and skills development. The curriculum that is followed is based on the guidance given in the revised National Curriculum.
At Harwood Park 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
· Look at life in another culture
During French sessions children are given the opportunity to work as a class, as individuals and as part of a group.
Intent and Implementation:
Since September 2014, the new National Curriculum has made learning a language compulsory in Key Stage 2. Harwood Park have chosen to use the Primary Language Network which allows teachers to teach interactively, gives access to CPD and online training and opportunities to use online resources in class. Primary Languages gives teachers and pupils confidence to speak another language.
At Harwood Park, we have carefully looked at the curriculum and adapted it to meet our children's needs. The stage of the curriculum is appropriately set for each year group based on prior knowledge and learning.