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Languages - French

Languages - French

Learning a new language provides both a pleasurable and valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. At Whitwick St John, the primary foreign language being taught is French, and this is taught to all pupils across KS2 (Years 3-6) and where possible in younger year groups.

We follow the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Languages (attached).

Vision

At Whitwick St John the Baptist, we believe the study of Foreign Languages (French) prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English.

Our pupils use languages to communicate information responsibly, creatively and without discrimination.

Foreign Languages (French) is also about the broader curriculum – about understanding language and identity, about developing an international outlook, and about learning.

Aims

- Experience a new language that they may not have exposure to otherwise,

- Develop a heightened interest in language, and increase the probability of continued MFL learning, in either the same or another language,

- Become aware that language has structure, and that different languages may have different structures,

- Look at life in other cultures and develop their awareness of cultural variety,

- Develop their speaking and listening skills,

- Interpret meaning,

- Become curious about their own cultural and linguistic inheritance.

Subject Leader

Mrs Kyte & Mrs Andrews (HLTA)

Mrs Kyte ensures that all the aspects of the Languages National Curriculum content are identified and taught.

Mrs Kyte reviews the knowledge progression maps and medium term plans for French to ensure that pupils’ learning becomes increasingly more challenging as they move through the year groups, and to maintain an overview of standards within the subject.  

Mrs Kyte also produces an annual action plan for French; supports the writing of medium-term plans; analyses the standards within French; provides or signposts staff towards training and resources; and engages in developmental work and research projects with external colleagues.