‘Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.’ National Curriculum 2014
French is taught in Key Stage 2, during PPA time, by a member of a qualified teacher, using the Catherine Cheater scheme of work. The foundations of this scheme are built on the principles of Excellent and Enjoyment (DFES 2003):
· Ensure every child succeeds
· Build on what the learners already know
· Make learning vivid and real
· Make learning an enjoyable and challenging experience
At Chorlton Park we believe that all children have a right to a good quality education (Art. 28 UNICEF Charter) and should have an opportunity to access the curriculum of their year group so they can enjoy learning a foreign language. We adapt our curriculum and pedagogy to meet the needs of all of our children, particularly those of children with SEND.
In Key Stage 2, we use the Catherine Cheater Celebrations for Success, which identify key skills and experiences for each year group, to ensure progress in the children’s learning of the language and appreciation of the wider French culture. These give detailed structure to the more overall statements of the National Curriculum.
Lessons are dynamic and multi-sensory, using a range of visual, physical and ICT-based stimuli. There is a strong emphasis on speaking and listening, using digital sound-recording equipment for motivation and support.
Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others and fostering respect for those who speak languages other than English. Many of our children have considerable skills in a number of world languages. We believe that study of languages is important in our diverse, multlingual school community, and prepares our children for life as citizens of the world. We encourage celebration of all the children's languages and our community's many linguistic talents: Language builds bridges!