Languages at Yanwath Primary School

Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable children 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 further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries.

It is intended that when children leave Yanwath Primary School, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore, other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language.  They will be engaged and prepared to continue language learning at their chosen secondary school.

Implementation

In Early Years and in Key Stage One, although French is not yet explicitly taught, teachers will make meaningful links to the language through song and rhyme using aspects of the KS2 curriculum such as number and birthdays where possible. They will participate in celebrations and other cultural events. Children with EAL will be acknowledged and aspects of their language celebrated.

In Key Stage Two, children begin to learn French, the school’s chosen modern language as their statutory entitlement. This language is taught at both of our feeder secondary schools.

The children follow a progressive curriculum which provides small steps for children to move forwards with their language learning and enables them to have the foundation from which to move forwards into secondary education.  The focus is on learning within the four core areas speaking, listening, reading and writing.