At Nanpean School, we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our children, giving them a broader perspective on the world while encouraging the children to develop a curiosity to deepen their understanding of their own and others’ cultures. We also believe that such coverage can also positively impact a child’s knowledge in relation to how language works, ensure children develop curiosity in relation to language, while laying the foundations for further language learning in the future. Through making links between our own language and another language, our intention is for this to instil a love of language learning within our children.
We intend our teaching to enable the children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language (French) and for them to be able to communicate for practical purposes in this language, knowing key words and phrases, while also immersing the children in literature (books and stories) from different languages and cultures, when appropriate. Our aim is to ensure that children can understand and respond to French speaking, and speak themselves in French with increasing confidence and fluency, by the end of Key Stage 2, and so that this prepares them for further language learning in Key Stage 3, while this could also lead to enhanced career prospects and opportunities later in life.Previously, a MFL specialist has been used to support classes, and specific resources have been purchased to support the teaching of MFL recently. Currently, Mr Nicholls (Headteacher) delivers French sessions to KS2 children each week as he has certificates to teach languages in the Primary School.