Statement of Intent for Modern Foreign Languages
At Knightlow we love learning foreign languages! French is taught in Years 3 to 6 using the 'Tout le monde' scheme of work which incorporates a variety of activities including stories, poetry, interactive games and songs. Children are familiarised with the spoken and written word when each new item of vocabulary is introduced and they are encouraged to make links between phonemes and graphemes. Progression is carefully built into 'Tout le monde', so that as the children work their way through the four-year course, they gradually extend their vocabulary and get to grips with using more complex language.
We take every opportunity to introduce new languages to the children and our cross-curricular topics are the perfect vehicle for this. Many of our topics focus on a different country, which allows us to explore culture, history, geography, music, food and language as the children investigate what makes each country unique.
We enjoy celebrating festivals and special events from around the world and we endeavour to incorporate a variety of traditional celebrations each year.
Modern Foreign Languages In Action
As well as the main school scheme for French, we aim to introduce children to a range of languages and help them to see how enjoyable and useful learning a new language can be. We look to explore different cultures and traditions whenever possible, drawing on the expertise of our staff, parents and families to help us. Class topics and learning themes often have links to exploring languages and cultures, such as Year 4 making German Advent cookies (The World's Kitchen), Year 3 celebrating Chinese New Year (China), Year 5 children learning conversation Spanish phrases (Mexico), and Reception children learning greetings in French, German and Spanish when answering the register.
As part of our International Schools project, the whole school regularly holds an International Week, which involves each class researching a specific country, dressing up in national costumes, learning songs and presenting our findings in a celebration assembly. This also links to our Stories4Schools book project, which in 2020 focused on traditional tales from European cultures, ranging from the Russian story of Baba Yaga to Miss Demeter sharing her Hungarian expertise with folk tales from her childhood.