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. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
At East Sheen Primary School we follow the national curriculum in England for foreign languages.
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.
Our rich curriculum enables children to learn about a range of different cultures and associated language, from understanding the roots of many of our words e.g. the Ancient Greek influence on mathematical terminology, to observing different alphabets, e.g. in the Quran. As part of our English curriculum we consider the impact of use of language and how it affects communication. We encourage children to value language as part of culture and recognise and celebrate the languages within our own community. Children have opportunities to sing songs and count or answer the register in different languages from Reception to Y6.
Children in KS2 (years 3 to 6) are taught French by a French specialist as part of the Fab Friday curriculum. For details of the areas covered please see the attached curriculum grid for French.