"The curriculum is interesting and varied and motivates pupils to succeed."
Languages are an essential part of a broad, balanced curriculum. Not only do they provide an opportunity to communicate more effectively with others, they also help children to understand what it is to be a global citizen. Enriching and extending children’s knowledge and understanding of other cultures and traditions in the French speaking world engenders respect for other cultures, while learning about and celebrating differences. Learning another language also provides opportunities for children to explore and reflect upon other cultures.
Within our curriculum, KS2 learn French together for 30 minutes a week, taught by one of our teachers, who is also a French language specialist. Our carefully sequenced curriculum ensures that children learn and revisit key grammar and core vocabulary alongside new learning over the 4 years they spend in KS2, in order to consolidate their skills. All lessons incorporate the four key language skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking and children practise these using interactive teaching resources and role play. The topics each year begin by revising basic French phonetics and grammar within a more basic language unit and build over the course of the year to allow children to expand their knowledge and skills alongside newly acquired vocabulary. At Down Ampney Primary School, we also embed the importance of learning another language and aim to immerse children in the language by meeting and talking to native speakers (including business leaders), exploring French publications, such as newspapers and books, listening to French radio and music and eating French food. Across the broader curriculum, we learn about key figures such as such as St Bernadette, William the Conqueror, Napoleon, Louis Pasteur, Gustave Eiffel, Coco Chanel and Claude Monet.
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