Modern Foreign Languages
At Highfield, we are proud of the Modern Foreign Languages programme that we offer to our children. We believe that learning a foreign language is an important part of the learning that takes place at Highfield, as it provides opportunities for children to engage in enjoyable activities that build their confidence and develop different language skills. As well as this, the lessons are an important opportunity for children to gain a greater inter-cultural understanding and respect for the fact that people from other countries may have different traditions and beliefs.
The aims set out in the National Curriculum relate to literacy and oracy.
At Highfield, we recognise that learning a language at KS2 has a number of benefits and this is refleted in our (additional) aims:
- To promote intercultural respect and understanding
- to increase awareness of our geographical position and role in Europe and the world
- To give the pupils the skills, knowledge and understanding to communicate with native speakers of other languages
- To give pupils insight into their own language(s)
- To support further learning of the same or different languages to Key Stage 3 and beyond
We feel incredibly lucky to have our Foreign Language Assistant, Emma, with us this year to deliver high quality French lessons at Highfield. Following the Catherine Cheater scheme of work, children focus on the oral development of the language, embedded through games and songs. As the children enter Upper Key Stage Two, the scheme begins to introduce written elements of the language.
Here are some suggested websites that will allow you to continue developing a love for languages at home:
BBC have a range of lessons and clips for KS2 children here. They're helpfully organised into the relevant categories.
There are plenty of free online lessons to take part in here. Or you can choose to listen to children's stories in French.
Digital Dialects has a wealth of games and activities to help learn and consolidate your understanding of the French language.
There are 10 free online games to choose from here with a large variety of categories to revise your French vocabulary.
Duo Lingo is the leading online languages platform and is absolutely free. You will need an adult to sign up for you by using their email address. Once you are set up, you can choose to log in online or download the app for ease of access to lessons, games, quizzes and tests to boost your progress in French (or a number of other languages).