Language learning prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English. In order to prepare children for this we teach languages both discretely during French lessons as well as part of their daily routine. This allows children to learn how to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers. This application across the curriculum encourages independence and provides a sound foundation for learning further languages.
French is taught through the use of stories and drama applying the talk for writing strategies embedded across the school. In addition, Rigolo is used to provide a planning structure and assessment opportunities for teachers.
Progress is tracked through the use of Suffolk Language Portfolios which are cross referenced to the Languages Ladder programme of study with statements from the Key Stage 2 framework. This ensures appropriate expectations and planning for teaching to meet the needs of all pupils regardless of their starting points. This information is also communicated to parents through the annual report sent to parents in the summer term.
Discrete French lessons are delivered weekly and supported by a fluent French speaking teaching assistant to ensure appropriate expectations are set and excellence is modeled.
Monitoring is carried out by the subject leader who tracks pupil progress across the school and ensures planning is appropriately challenging. Time is allocated during the school day for the subject leader to observe lessons and evaluate children's work at least twice a year. In addition, French themed weeks are held each year to offer opportunities for children to immerse themselves in the culture of French speaking countries across the world as well as provide monitoring opportunities.