Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable 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. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
National Curriculum 2014
Language learning is statutory in KS2 and there is a requirement for children to study one language throughout this time to enable the children to make progress.
At Lindfield we teach French in KS2. The KS2 Languages curriculum is made up of 4 strands:
- Listening and Comprehension
- Reading and Comprehension
The younger children are introduced to Spanish. They learn simple words and phrases through songs, games and activities. The KS1 children had an assembly about Christmas in Spain.
In addition to class language lessons, several small group French and Spanish lessons are run each week by an external company, La Jolie Ronde.
La Jolie Ronde has been introducing languages into primary schools for over 25 years and offers a unique, structured and proven programme for children aged 3-11 years old which complements and enhances languages taught in the curriculum and provides a good grounding for future language learning. At this young age, children have an amazing ability to quickly pick up a foreign language.
We recently won the award for “Best National Activity for 5-12 years olds” for the 4th year in a row as voted for by parents in the What’s on 4 awards.
The programme is designed to enhance the children’s learning skills and to challenge them, in order for them to excel at the language and develop their language skills to the highest level possible.
- An authentic accent for the children to pick up
- Small classes with children of similar age
- Conversation, grammar, games, role-plays, songs and stories
- Awareness of the foreign country, its geography and culture
- Weekly feedback on children’s progress and a termly newsletter
- Certificates on completion of the course.