- Learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils, and prepares them to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English.
At Panshanger Primary School the curriculum is based on the statutory guidelines for KS2, as outlined in the National Curriculum Framework, and is referenced to the learning objectives of the non-statutory KS2 Framework for Languages. At Panshanger we start our formal MFL teaching at KS2 with the aim of :-
- fostering an interest in learning other languages
- stimulating and encouraging children’s curiosity about language, in an enjoyable and engaging way
- promoting intercultural understanding
- laying the foundations for future study
In Key Stage 2, children have 45 minutes of discrete language teaching per week and additional follow-up activities, and will learn to:
- develop the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing with the main focus on oracy
- use the target language to communicate for practical purposes, through projects such as eTwinning
- develop Language Learning Strategies to improve their ability to memorise new words; identify techniques to help improve pronunciation and apply prior knowledge when attempting to understand unknown words or phrases
- investigate the links between languages, and recognise some basic aspects of grammar in the target language e.g. verb forms, gender of nouns and the need for agreement when appropriate.
- investigate life in other cultures
These skills will be achieved individually, in pairs and through large and small group work, via a range of themed activities incorporating: songs, games, interactive stories, role play and use of relevant writing and computer exercises, to consolidate learning.
ICT is used in language lessons to motivate pupils, by providing examples of model pronunciation and offering the opportunity to practise new language skills interactively. The school strives to use community and other links to expose pupils to native speakers, whenever possible.