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. For example, Year 4 enjoyed German Advent cookies in December and Year 3 have recently celebrated the Chinese New Year by sampling Chinese food!
In June 2015 the whole school took part in International Week, which involved class topics researching a specific country, dressing up in national costumes, learning songs and presenting our findings in a celebration assembly.
We are eager to make the best use of all of the expertise we have as a school community and actively encourage speakers of other languages to help us in enriching the children's learning opportunities. In 2015 Key Stage 1 enjoyed introductory French lessons with Mrs. Haywood and Year 2 had Spanish lessons with Mrs. Gomez and Carmen, the puppet!