Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures.
High-quality languages education engages our pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. The teaching enables 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.
Our Language teaching provides the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries in the future. At Charlton Manor Primary School, we believe learning foreign languages helps to enable children to celebrate and welcome different languages, countries and cultures. In Key Stage 2, children are taught French language at Years 3 and 4 and German language in Years 5 and 6. It is our aim to enable our children to express their thoughts and ideas in French and German and to understand and respond to its speakers in speech and writing. We provide children with many opportunities to share their learning such as in assemblies, celebration days, visits to both countries and correspond with children at our partner school in Bavaria. You can visit the website of the school here. The relationship between our two schools was for many years led by Gerhard Schwarzmeier, a teacher at the Mittelschule. His passion and incredible enthusiasm for bringing together children and staff from different countries and learning about new cultures was an inspiration to all who met him. These unique opportunities to visit Bavaria and learn about the German system of education had a profound impact on all those who take part. Through our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum we aim to inspire a love of languages as part of our children’s lifelong journey of learning.
The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.