Thornham St.James Primary School
Foreign Languages Policy
Since 2014 it has been a statutory requirement to teach a modern foreign language at Key Stage 2. From improving literacy skills, to developing self-esteem and widening cultural awareness, introducing a language at an early age has many benefits.
At Thornham St.James we teach a modern foreign language to all the children through school (including KS1) for several reasons:
At the time of writing, French remains the foreign language taught across school. This should be a useful foundation for the children when they move to secondary school. It is also the language in which staff either have relative expertise, more confidence in or greater experience of.
Aims and objectives
The aims and objectives of learning a modern foreign language in Thornham St.James are:
We teach French to children in Years 3,4, 5 and 6 for 30 minutes a week. This can be arranged in one session per week, over several short sessions during the week or blocked into longer periods of time. In KS1, children are introduced to French through short sessions over the school year.
The class teacher is responsible for delivering the language to the class with support from the co-ordinator, members of staff with expertise in this area and the local authority advisor.
French is the foreign language that we teach in our school.
The curriculum that we follow is based on the guidance given in the National Curriculum Programme of Study for KS2 and the 2 published schemes: La Jolie Ronde (KS1) and LCP Primary French (KS2).
Pupils should be taught to:
We build children’s confidence through constant praise for any contribution they make in the foreign language, however tentative.
At our school we teach a foreign language to all children, whatever their ability. A foreign language forms part of the school curriculum to provide a broad and balanced education to all children.
Through our foreign language teaching we provide learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make progress. We do this by setting suitable learning challenges and responding to each child’s different needs. We enable pupils to have access to the full range of activities involved in learning a modern foreign language.
At this moment we informally assess the children in order to ensure that they make good progress in this subject.
Monitoring and review
The Modern Foreign Language co-coordinator is responsible for monitoring the standard of the children’s work and the quality of teaching in French. The MFL co-ordinator is also responsible for supporting colleagues in the teaching of French, for being informed about current developments in the subject, and for providing a strategic lead and direction for the subject in the school.
We are continually reviewing resources in our school to be able to teach French.
Resources are kept in classroom areas and include schemes of work, books, flashcards, CDs, games, dictionaries and photocopiable worksheets.
The co-ordinator will monitor and add to resources as required.
Although there is a certain element of expertise on the staff, most staff are not confident to teach French extensively, but all are enthusiastic and agree with the general principles. The co-ordinator will attend training and support meetings to keep abreast of current developments and report back to staff as required. Whole staff training will be arranged as needed.