Languages

When learning a new language, children reinforce and reinterpret knowledge and understanding gained in learning their first language. They are given the opportunity to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and to foster an understanding and appreciation of a different culture.

At Hill View Primary our children are taught French across both key stages ( from Year 1 to Year 6 ). They are inspired to be enthusiastic learners of another language through a kinaesthetic approach of acquiring key vocabulary by listening, repeating and miming new words and phrases. They are encouraged to converse on familiar topics in pairs and groups and to demonstrate their oral achievements to different audiences. Correct pronunciation and intonation is emphasised and in some year groups there is the added advantage of having French modelled by a Language Assistant who is a native speaker.

The children’s language learning is reinforced by memorising authentic action songs, poems and raps and they are given opportunities to read and translate a range of texts and to access unknown vocabulary from a bilingual dictionary. They are taught how to build and write sentences independently, applying the correct grammatical rules. Moreover they are encouraged to compare and contrast similarities and differences between their first and second languages and to develop their understanding and appreciation of French culture and traditions.