A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. At John Hampden Primary 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 their general literacy skills. The teaching of French in Key Stage 2 provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language. French is also a Romance language (descended from Latin) it has similarities with Spanish, Italian and Portuguese making it a good foundation for additional language learning in KS3.
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 John Hampden Primary School:
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. Continued applied focus and repetition and frequency of language learning usually results in steady competency in the language.
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