“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.”
The approach taken at Woodlands is very much based on this Chinese proverb. Studying a language in primary school provides children with essential life skills. As well as giving them the opportunity to learn a second language, it helps to promote a broader intercultural understanding.
At Woodlands, most children are taught by a Specialist Language Teacher following the ‘Language Angels’ Scheme. The foreign language learning targets for each year of key stage 2 are first broken down in to the speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar skills pupils should have developed by the end of the year. For each year there then follows a list of specific classroom topics which teachers can use as deliverable classroom realities to ensure all of the required skills are being developed to the right level and at the right pace.
French is introduced formally across KS2 using a scheme which endeavours to link to topic areas where possible alongside discretely taught units. The lessons are about fun, confidence building, developing learning strategies, learning about similarities and differences and are planned using Kagan style communicative structures.
Children can access language learning outside school by attending weekly Language Club or using the Language Angels app. They also have the opportunity to become Language Ambassadors for their class to promote the use of French in their day to day life.
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