By the time they leave Northgate we aim for our children to;
Have experienced different languages and for this to foster their curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.
At Northgate Primary School, we believe that through high quality language teaching and learning, children will be able to foster curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. We strive to teach French in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating to lay the foundations for future language learning as we believe that languages are a skill for life. While learning a foreign language, children also gain a sound understanding of the structure of their own language. This supports and enhances their literacy learning across the wider curriculum.
As a school, we aim to embed listening, speaking, reading and writing skills that are needed to enable children to apply their learning in a variety of contexts; developing their resilience and problem solving skills.
Through teaching French, we also introduce children to the country and culture of France. We help children grow in confidence through teaching new vocabulary alongside lots of reinforcement.
Pupils in Key Stage 2 have one French lesson each week. We follow the Futura languages curriculum and from September 2023 we are doing this by planning and teaching our lessons using the Language Angels website and resources.
French lessons always include opportunities to speak, listen, read and write in French allowing the children to develop in all four areas. Each year group builds upon and expands the knowledge previously learnt, leading to effective communication in the foreign language.
French lessons are interactive and have many opportunities for role playing, singing songs and playing games to embed the vocabulary and grammar being taught.
As well as high quality French teaching, as a whole school we try to encourage further language learning across the year. For example, we have a multicultural week where some classes will learn a little bit of the language from the country they are learning about. While this is very simple and basic, it allows children to explore different languages more and helps them recognise the importance and enjoyment of learning a different language.