A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. At Churchfields Junior School we are committed to ensuring that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures. It also helps children develop skills that will open further opportunities later in life. The teaching of French in Key Stage 2 provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at Key Stage 3.
French lessons are planned and taught by a specialist teacher once a week. Consideration is given through medium-term planning as to coverage of four key areas of language learning at Churchfields:
- Pronunciation, phonics, spellings
- Sentence building
- Knowledge about language
Some lessons will include all of these four areas while others may focus on individual elements.
Participation and engagement are crucial for any lesson but should not be to the detriment of the development of knowledge and understanding through teaching and practice. Focus and progress are more important than fun as children’s enjoyment of the subject will come through their competence.