Modern Foreign Languages are an important part of the curriculum here at New Swannington Primary School. It is statutory for KS2 to learn a foreign language but we are able to offer French teaching right from the start with EYFS and KS1. It has been proven that young children absorb languages quickly from an early age and this has a very positive impact on their progression within the subject.
French is taught once a week. EYFS receive 15 minutes, KS1 30 minutes and KS2 have one hour. The same teacher teaches French across the school ensuring a consistent, smooth progression from year to year.
EYFS and KS1 are taught through songs, games and actions with a view to developing an enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning a language. In KS2, all four elements of speaking and listening, reading, writing and Intercultural Understanding are taught through a variety of singing songs, games, performing plays, writing poetry etc and through our online learning website; Languagenut.
We are very fortunate to have a partner school in Bavaria, Germany. This link was formed in 2014 and has grown in strength, supporting the Intercultural Understanding element of the MFL curriculum. Each child in years 3, 4 and 5 have a penpal of a similar age in our partner school. Through letter writing we are able to find out about life in a German school and family and all about traditions and festivals as well as learning some German language. In year 3, the children are taking home a German cat puppet and diary in which they can share their home life. The partner class in Germany also takes home a cat and diary. At the end of the school year, the diaries are exchanged and we enjoy looking at the photos and reading all about the lives of the German children and comparing our similarities and differences.
Above all, we encourage the children to develop a love of language learning and prepare them for further study in KS3.