At Grove Road French is taught to children from Year 2 to Year 6 as part of the normal school curriculum. Children really enjoy learning to speak another language and the earlier they are exposed to a foreign language the faster it is acquired. At primary school most children tend to be less self-conscious about speaking aloud with their peers and it is widely believed that the early acquisition of a foreign language facilitates the learning of other languages later in life.
Aims and Objectives:
The overall aims for Modern Foreign Languages are:
to enrich learning for pupils and to ensure that teachers develop confidence and competence to teach MFL and use MFL effectively in their teaching of other subjects
to increase children’s linguistic competence through regular timetabled MFL sessions
to exploit cultural links and experiences when opportunities arise
to promote positive attitudes towards language learning and cultural diversity through a range of learning activities
Speaking and Listening:
The children will encounter a range of situations, audiences and activities designed to develop competence, accuracy and confidence; oral abilities at their own levels; listening and comprehension skills and express opinions, articulate feelings and formulate appropriate responses to increasingly complex instructions and questions.
The children will be given opportunities to read new vocabulary as it is introduced; read texts for enjoyment, to practise vocabulary and to gain awareness of the structure of written French. They will also begin to learn the grapheme-phoneme relationships and compare them with English.
The children will be given opportunities to experiment with the writing of simple words and phrases and to construct sentences.
All pupils, regardless of disability, race or gender, shall have the opportunity to develop MFL capability. The school promotes equal opportunities and fairness of distribution of MFL resources.
The school recognises the motivational advantages of the use of MFL by children with special educational needs and will identify and support linguistically able children and children who are also learning English as an additional language.