Modern Foreign Language

 

At Southroyd, our children learn French language as part of our curriculum. We have weekly French lessons in Years 3 to Year 6.

We also stage International Language Day, and celebrate the importance of learning a foreign language. In 2018, Miss Tomlinson shared her German, Mr Hall shared his French, Miss Syan shared her Spanish and Mrs Cox shared some of her Afrikaans.

At the same time, children could listen to a number of parents who came to school to celebrate their own special languages.

Rationale for Learning

"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 furthe
languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries." (National Curriculum)

Aims
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