At Hook Norton CE Primary School, we aim to give our children a LOVE for Modern (Foreign) Languages that continues into adult life, especially as it stimulates language development, social development and cultural awareness, as well as other areas of the curriculum. We are very aware of the importance for children to acquire another another language and the importance of developing the ability to LIVE in the wider world.
Our aim is that children learn French language, grammar, vocabulary and culture through creative teaching and learning, exploring and incorporating rhymes, songs, games, pattern and rhythm to link spelling, sound and the meaning of words.
We teach French using the Modern Languages national curriculum framework to provide an outline of core knowledge, and we link this with our Curriculum Big Questions when possible. To support our teaching, we use a resource called “Language Angels” which has been developed by specialists and we aim to develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
Our lessons take place once a week where children LEARN to progress from sounds to word level and then sentence level, learning language structures that allow them to use oral and written French language in many familiar and real situations, adapting for different contexts. This will give the children the confidence to communicate using an additional language.
Being enthusiastic, positive and confident in languages helps children to build self- esteem and confidence in life. Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to DARE to explore other cultures. It nurtures Our curriculum fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding and CARE of the world. At Hook Norton CE Primary School, we enable pupils to express their ideas and THINK in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and encouraging them to look at great literature in the original language. We provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and be curious about other countries.