In Aston Rowant School we teach a foreign language to all Key Stage 2 children as part of the normal school curriculum. We do this for several reasons. Firstly, we believe that children enjoy learning to speak another language. Secondly, we also believe that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language in question is acquired. We believe that learning a language in primary school provides the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries. Learning a foreign language helps children to develop an understanding of another culture which helps to deepen their understanding of the world.
We have designed the curriculum so that children are immersed in language relating to themselves and their everyday experiences. When children start learning French, the emphasis is on speaking and listening and using games, songs and practical activities. We aim to motivate children and help them remember more through repetition of new vocabulary and structures in a variety of fun contexts. As they continue through Key Stage 2, we build on those foundations by introducing them to more written language and encouraging them to express themselves in writing. From the beginning of their study of French, we discuss features of the language, such as pronunciation of particular sounds, word order and accents. This knowledge of how languages work provides a useful basis for the study of any foreign language at Key Stage 3.