At St Martin’s, we are committed to promoting a positive attitude to language learning amongst pupils and staff and developing an awareness and appreciation of cultural similarities and differences. We believe that learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all pupils and that it should be taught in a way that fosters children’s curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Our aim is for children to develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future learning of languages.
At St Martin’s, French is taught across KS2, once a week. Teachers use ‘Language Angels’- a resource that incorporates games, stories and songs to ensure learning is interactive and engaging, thus further embedding key vocabulary and skills. Each year, it builds on learning from the previous year, ensuring that children make good progress. In addition to the formal teaching of French in Key Stage 2, teachers in Key Stage 1 are encouraged to begin introducing some simple vocabulary to the children through songs and stories. Other opportunities are provided for children to be immersed in the French language. For example, last year, Phase 2 had a French day, which involved a French breakfast, French music and a range of games.