At Panshanger, the pupils from Reception to Year 6 have a weekly French lesson with a specialist language teacher, and in KS2 class teachers try to include some additional follow-up activities between lessons. The children enjoy learning through the use of songs, games, stories, role play activities and films of native speakers, as well as practising their skills interactively on the Languagenut website. Every year, in September, we have a special day to celebrate the languages spoken within our school and the school community, and additional themed language activities usually take place about once a year – in 2015 this took the form of a whole school French Art week.
We enjoy collaborating with local secondary schools, who are able to bring their Language Leaders in to work with our pupils in French, or give them a taster of other languages such as Spanish or German. We also work on projects with schools in Europe, through the British Council’s eTwinning scheme. Currently, Year 5 is working on an eTwinning project ‘A Year with my Friends – Une année avec mes amis’ with a French school in Normandy, a partnership which is now in its fourth year. We are also taking part in three other eTwinning projects for European Day of Languages. We have been awarded the Quality Label for past projects and last year also received a European Quality Label for a cross-curricular project, based on ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, working with schools in Romania, Turkey and Italy.