Modern Foreign Languages
We aim to deliver language lessons that encourage our children to explore a language, gradually building up their knowledge of words and phrases and furthering their understanding of a new language and culture. We aim to provide them with a foundation that will equip them for further language studies at Secondary School.
At The Dassett C of E Primary we also want to
- Foster an interest in learning other languages
- Promote positive attitudes towards language learning through a range of activities
- Introduce children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun
- Make children aware that language has structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another
- Help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries
- Develop children’s speaking and listening skills, as well as their phonological awareness
- Lay the foundations for future study
Pupils will be taught to:
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
- present ideas and information orally
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
- broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
- understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.
Key Stage 1 children will experience other languages through for example the register, counting, song and rhyme.
- In Key Stage 2 French will be taught weekly.
- Other languages will be taught where there is a link to other curriculum areas – for example German Christmas carols, Chinese New Year, etc
- The Dassett will follow a scheme of work from year 3 to 6 which concentrates on two general topic areas a term.