At Leiston Primary School we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
Through a combination of oral activities, daily conversation, reading and writing, pupils learn to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings, in speech and writing.
In Key Stage 2, pupils learn French, following the ‘Rigolo’ scheme of work. In discreet weekly lessons, traditional methods of language learning are combined alongside the use of multimedia materials. Through stories, songs and games, pupils learn how to develop accurate pronunciation and intonation and read aloud using familiar words and phrases. The children will learn to read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing, broaden their vocabulary, write phrases from memory, describe people, places, things and actions and understand basic grammar.
Where possible, we also incorporate the learning of French into our topics to further develop learning and language skills.
Children across the school are encouraged to use spoken French in their classroom routines. Although MFL is not mandatory in Key Stage 1, pupils learn words and phrases from a variety of languages, giving them an insight into languages before Key Stage 2. French vocabulary is also displayed around communal areas of the school.