Modern Foreign Languages (French) at Lady Joanna Thornhill
"Les limites de ma langue sont les limites de mon monde.
The limits of my language are the limits of my world."
At Lady J, we are committed to embedding a positive attitude to language learning amongst pupils and staff and developing an awareness and appreciation of cultural similarities and differences.
The National Curriculum states that it is compulsory for children in Key Stage 2 to learn a foreign language. Children in Key Stage 1 do not receive formal lessons in French; however, KS1 teachers are encouraged to introduce some foreign vocabulary in their everyday classroom life. In addition, there is an after school French club for KS1 children. In addition to the formal teaching of French to KS2 and the French club for KS1, other opportunities for children to immerse themselves in the French language and culture, include the Year 6 trip to France and the school’s annual International Week.
At Lady J we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils.
The aims of Primary Languages teaching at Lady J are to:
Speaking and listening
In developing oracy in the target language, children will learn to:
Reading and writing
Through reading and writing in the target language, children will learn to:
In developing an understanding of the structure of the target language, children will learn to:
Intercultural understanding and social development
Children will learn to identify similarities and differences in everyday life, social conventions, traditional stories and celebrations with their own, whilst understanding and respecting cultural diversity.
The five fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith are interwoven into the teaching of Primary Languages, in particular how it relates to the intercultural understanding elements of French and Francophone culture and its similarities and differences to life in Britain.