‘Together in God’s loving family, we believe, we learn, we grow.’
The National Curriculum states that:
’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 further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.’
At St Pius X, the foreign language we have elected to teach is French. In order to ensure our pupils receive a high quality French education, we have invested in a high quality scheme of work. This scheme is called ‘Salut!’ and it is jam-packed with fun and colourful resources for all lessons throughout KS2. It includes Interactive Whiteboard games, singalongs, stories and activities to help children get to grips with the language — and have plenty of fun while they’re at it. Teachers build on previous learning with regular retrieval practice and we establish cross-curricular links in order to embed learning.
The teaching of a language is not expected in KS1 but we believe it is in the best interests of our pupils to expose them to the French language before they reach Year 3. So in Reception and Years 1 and 2, you may hear the register being called in French! Children will learn classic French songs and they will participate in whole school theme days which will give them a strong foundation before they commence formal learning of the language in KS2.