Primary National Curriculum 2014: Languages

‘Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable children 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 children to study and work in other countries.’

Languages at Hollington

At Hollington Primary Academy, our children are taught in a language rich environment, where the development of practical communication is the central component to our approach to the teaching and learning of languages. This approach provides our children with a wide range of practical learning experiences, which stimulates their curiosity of other nations and engages them in language learning. We follow a broad and balanced progressive sequence of learning, which sequentially develops our children knowledge  of French.

Languages in Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1, at Hollington Primary Academy, children will be introduced to language learning through the learning of French songs, rhymes, stories and games. 

This early exposure to French language via the informal and engaging method of songs, rhymes and games develops children's ability to listen attentively to a spoken foreign language and to show their understanding by joining in and responding. It will also encourage children to begin to explore the patterns and sounds of the language and the meaning of some words. This will lay an appreciation and foundation of language learning that will help to ease the transition to more formal language learning in Key Stage 2.

Languages in Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2, at Hollington Primary Academy, children will continue to build upon the foundation of learning gathered in Key Stage 1. Children will learn to practically communicate in French, simultaneously developing their knowledge of listening, speaking, reading and writing in French. Children are encouraged to develop language learning strategies to become increasingly confident and independent language learners. Language skills are developed in a progressive and sequential way through the use of the termly units. These units provide a context and relevance to language learning and a deeper intercultural understanding.

The impact our of Languages curriculum is that, by the end of Key Stage 2, all of our children will possess a secure age appropriate knowledge of the French language, both spoken and written. They will be able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, responding to a variety of authentic sources. Through studying the French language we want our children to develop an understanding, appreciation and respect for another culture, stimulating their curiosity about the wider world, while preparing them for future learning and the future world in which they will live.