For every child to experience and gain an appreciation of the many languages around the world and to gain the skill and enthusiasm for learning a language, both in oral and in written forms. At Greswold, learning languages helps our children to appreciate the diversity of languages and cultures in our own school community and the world. Pupils learn through engaging media such as song and role-play to start the building blocks of learning a language. Through gaining a thirst of languages, we hope to provide our children with the chance to travel and study abroad in the future.
Please note that our curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages begins at the start of Key Stage 2 in Year 3.
The children learn conversational French using songs, rhymes and role-play. They begin with greetings and asking people’s age and name before moving onto more personal conversation such as ‘How are you?’. They learn nouns for people and how to follow some simple instructions. They also learn the numbers to 12 and beyond. Pupils begin to learn about animals and colours while also revisiting the conversational themes already covered earlier in the year. They also look at where France and key landmarks are.
Pupils will begin to learn Spanish with some references to the culture and traditions. The children show understanding by listening attentively, joining in with conversations and responding to a range of resources including opportunities for children to watch and listen to native speakers enhancing their own pronunciation. The children learn a range of every day phrases to slowly build their vocabulary and language skills to enable them to engage in basic conversations. The children also compare features of the Spanish language and how these are similar or different to English grammar.
The pupils return to learning French, building upon prior learning in Year 3. They recap basic conversational French before moving on to more specific topics, for example body parts and landmarks. The children are given the opportunity to learn about French culture and compare elements of it to their own experience, for example Christmas celebrations. Pupils explore the more complex grammar elements of the language, that differ from our own, such as masculine and feminine forms. Throughout the year, the children are able to record and verbalise ideas in French and engage in conversations through a variety of stories, songs and rhymes.
The children will learn a new language so that they may begin to make comparisons between different modern foreign languages and have an opportunity to sample other potential languages they may learn at secondary school. Pupils will be studying German where they will learn how to introduce themselves, describing their physical features, their hobbies and their life. They will then develop this vocabulary further, leading to pupils being able to introduce and describe their family members (including pets); talk about their hobbies and discuss their school day. This will then culminate with the children feeling more confident in applying and adapting previously learned vocabulary and sentence structures to describe where they live and the world around them.