Languages at Manchester Road
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
Languages National Curriculum 2013
At Manchester Road we believe that the learning of a foreign language opens up the children's knowledge of other countries and cultures.
We want children to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources, that they can speak with increasing confidence and fluency and that they are able to communicate through discussion and asking questions.
Over time we expect the children to improve their confidence, accuracy and intonation. We want them to be able to write for different purposes and use the correct grammatical structures that they have learnt.
When studying a language the children should show curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world around them.
Children at Manchester Road are introduced to the French language in year 3 and study this throughout the 4 years in KS2. A French teacher from the local high school teaches every class for an hour a week on alternate half terms. This learning is then reinforced weekly by teachers during short burst sessions.
The La Jolie Ronde scheme is used to structure and sequence the children's learning so it is progressive and builds on previously taught knowledge. The program and lessons support children's speaking, listening reading and writing skills. This is done through range of music, stories, songs and rhymes.
In addition to the scheme the children also plan and hold international days, and thmeded days where the French language and culture is shared and celebrated.