‘One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.’
Our aim at High Halden Primary is to equip all children that leave our school with the skills they need to enjoy success and flourish in the wider world. In an increasingly globalised world, learning a modern foreign language develops the number of opportunities for children and enables them to make connections with different people and cultures.
The core language taught at High Halden Primary School is French. It is the intention that all children in KS2 will access first quality teaching of French by their class teacher in order to adequately prepare them for KS3. KS1 children will be introduced to MFL through exploring other languages informally when appropriate.
Children have weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2, using the Jolie Ronde programme of study in addition to other resources. Areas covered include: numbers, colours, house and home, in town, food and drink, the classroom, clothes and hobbies.
Working together with partner schools, children are also provided with a variety of extra curricular activities to promote their engagement in the subject as well as provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary, to continue their studies successfully in further education.
At the end of Key Stage 2, children are given the opportunity to visit a French picnic, facilitated at a local secondary school, to apply the language skills they have learned and immerse themselves in a different language and culture.
Pupil Voice is also used to further develop the MFL curriculum, through questioning of pupils' views and attitudes to learning a language. As a result of this, an annual ‘Day of Languages’ is held to further expose children to a variety of languages and cultures with the languages studied selected by the children.