Learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for the students. Pupils develop communication and literacy skills which lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how languages work and explore differences between English and the foreign language.
Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduces an international dimension to pupil’s learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others. The learning of a foreign language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.
At Goddard Park we focus on French, which is embedded from EYFS through to Year 6. Weekly lessons, alongside everyday language, such as taking the register and lining up, are taught in French, ensuring that children have continuity and progression across year groups and engage in the cultural journey through-out.
We pride ourselves on having a large range of language resources, including a varied expertise amongst staff, allowing children to gain the full advantages that learning a foreign language provides. The content learned has links with other areas of the curriculum in each year group, ensuring relevance of the vocabulary. Importantly, learning a language has shown substantial benefits in the children’s progressions in English, in particular the grammatical composition of the language, which now plays a vital role in our curriculum.
Additionally, the children enjoy events throughout the year to promote MFL such as the European Day of Languages where children can enjoy a continental breakfast.