At St Bridget’s we have high ambitions for all pupils to become skilled and knowledgeable linguists. We want our languages curriculum to prepare our children for their future as part of a global society. Learning a language in Key Stage Two is the start of a continuous language learning experience for our pupils that will take them up through to Secondary School. We want our children to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people and to learn specific knowledge in the French language as well as transferable skills for learning additional languages.
We have selected a curriculum that includes subject knowledge videos to ensure that all staff who have not got experience of speaking French fluently or who haven't studied it to A Level standard are able to learn the skills they need to teach their lessons confidently. Our Languages Curriculum covers all national curriculum requirements by focusing on the key components of learning a new language:
- Speaking and listening,
- Language learning strategies and
- Intercultural understanding.
It offers our pupils:
- the opportunity to speak French with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity;
- an appropriate balance between spoken and written content in their lessons;
- clear understanding of the grammatical features of the French language and
- increasing understanding of the phonology of the French language.
Combining all these elements, using knowledge organisers and knowledge notes allows our children to benefit from the reduction in cognitive load that is central to the curriculum across our school as pupils use similar systems in all written subjects.