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French

“Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom.” ― Roger Bacon

 

At Ridgeway, we learn French as a modern foreign language. Children begin French lessons in Year 3 but often get an introduction to basic French vocabulary, songs and rhymes in Early Years and Key Stage 1.

 

Intent

We use the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2.

 

Our intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.

 

All content will be continuously updated and reviewed annually, creating a dynamic programme of study and ensuring that the foreign language knowledge of our pupils progresses within each academic year and is extended year upon year throughout the primary phase.

 

The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas.

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