At the Gateway we recognise that learning a foreign language, ‘provides an opening to other cultures’ and can ‘deepen (pupils) understanding of the world’ (National Curriculum 2014). We recognise that it provides our pupils with the skills that are essential for the twenty-first century. As well as giving them the opportunity to learn a second language, an increasingly important skill in our globalised society, it also helps to promote and develop a broader intercultural understanding. The study of a second language also supports children’s literacy and oracy in school, by raising awareness of aspects of their own language(s), thereby enriching their understanding of both.
|Our French curriculum aims to develop learners who have an enthusiastic, positive attitude to learning other languages. We aim to develop life-long language learners in order to enhance their understanding of the world and have the ability to communicate confidently with others.|
In KS1 pupils are informally introduced to other languages through for example, daily greetings and counting. As a multicultural school young children also have the opportunity to gain experience of other languages through their peers.
In KS2 French is formally taught in a weekly lesson covering a range of day to day and cross curricular topics pupils learn to understand spoken and written French and communicate in French with increasing confidence and fluency.
Pupils explore other languages through the wider curriculum and by promoting cultural diversity within school.
Our French curriculum fulfils the following aims from the National Curriculum:
By the end of key stage 2, our French curriculum enables pupils to be able to: