Learning a new language opens doors and broadens our outlook on the world. It also provides a huge range of opportunities to develop our learning powers, particularly empathy, co-operation and perseverance. To find out more about what we teach and how learnng fits together, take a look at our skills and knowledge progression:
Learning a new language opens doors and broadens our outlook on the world. It helps us to move a step closer to understanding what it would like to walk in the shoes of others, and to develop a more rounded view of both the world and our place within it. For our children, in particular, it helps us all to understand the challenges that those in our class and our community for whom English is not the first language face everyday - and to better appreciate those around us who are fluent in multiple languages.
Language learning also, of course, has an obvious practical value for 21st century citizens who live in ever-more interlinked world. Whilst it is easy to sit in the UK and believe that ‘everyone’ speaks English, the process of learning another language and discovering more about other cultures reminds us that around 80% of the world do not speak the same language as us (and only about 5% speak it as their first language). By the time they leave our school, we want our children to be able to sustain simple conversations, to carry out simple tasks and to respond to texts in another language. We have chosen to focus on French, as this is the language most commonly taught in local secondary schools, and therefore provides a solid platform for future learning.
Year 5 - Fox class have worked hard to develop their French vocabulary and pronunciation. Working with Mr Lester, they have begun to talk about themselves, describe objects, role-play simple everyday situations and even started to write simple sentences using correct French grammar.