At Brookmans Park, we want to inspire all our learners to develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer learners the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences.
Research shows that learning a second language boosts problem-solving, critical-thinking, and listening skills, in addition to improving memory, concentration, and the ability to multitask. Children proficient in other languages also show signs of enhanced creativity and mental flexibility.
At Brookmans Park we believe that by teaching French it prepares all our children for their future in an ever-changing world. We believe that learning to speak, read and write a second language has many benefits in the future for our children.
At Brookmans Park, our Modern Foreign Language of choice is French. French is taught throughout the whole of Key Stage Two, from Year 3 to Year 6, and consists of weekly lessons led by the class teacher.
Language Angels is our chosen scheme we use to plan and teach our French lessons. Each lesson focuses on a combination of the 5 key language skills through a mixture of interactive teaching activities, games and songs alongside differentiated independent consolidation activities.
Four key language-learning skills:
We aim to ensure that children of all abilities develop solid foundations in these language skills, properly preparing them for the next stage of their language learning journey.
In the EYFS ‘Understanding The World’ and ‘Communication and Language’ are both area of learning which relate to MFL. This ethos is carried through to KS1. Although it is not statutory for children in the foundation stage and KS1 to learn a language, we feel it is important to provide them with the opportunities to hear other languages spoken and to discover different cultures. We use Song and singing, books and audio stories, games and through routine, we implement French. Our ethos encourages children in both key stages learn some basic French vocabulary and pronunciation such as greetings, numbers to ten and colours through songs and games. We believe that this helps to prepare them for learning French in KS2 and is part of our Culture Capital implementation across the school.
Please find below some links to different useful websites that you can share with your children at home.
BBC MFL KS2
CPG French Audio Player
France for kids for EYFS & KS1