As South Enders, we believe that it is essential for all pupils to master a modern foreign language (MFL), and at South End Junior this is French. The study of MFL enables children to develop the skills and confidence to consider themselves as ‘World Citizens’ who belong in a multicultural, mutually respectful world. The National Curriculum also states that, “Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.” Our view is that learning a language should not only start early, but it should be fun. The priority is that pupils are keen to participate, and as a result, make good progress.
At South End, we use the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad, vibrant, ambitious and progressive foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential through encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning – the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond Key Stage 2.
The four key language learning skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – are taught and all necessary grammar covered in an age-appropriate way. This enables pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas.
Pupils participate in regular lessons delivered by their class teacher. The lessons involve a variety of approaches to teaching and learning, including: speaking and listening activities; online games; role play; and songs. Resources are engaging, fun and include sound bites of native French speakers to ensure pronunciation is accurate. Our oldest pupils also begin to write in short bursts.
Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the National Curriculum. We aim to support pupils in understanding other countries and cultures, so that they can be more open and adaptable to new experiences. Ultimately, we wish for our pupils to have a love of languages and to become curious and respectful of the world, and cultures, around them.