Modern Foreign Languages
At St Thomas', we believe that a high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Our teaching will enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and will help them to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We will provide opportunities for our pupils to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching at St Thomas' will provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.AIMS
- ensure that all pupils understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
- enable pupils to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
- teach pupils to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures they have learnt.
- help pupils discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
At St Thomas', all children in Key Stage 2 learn French as part of the New National Curriculum. We greatly value the importance of early language learning and we believe that in today’s international and multicultural society, it is essential that young people develop skills and attitudes that enable them to communicate with, understand and respect other cultures.
We endeavour to use exciting and effective teaching methods and materials to build enthusiasm and motivation in our young learners. A great deal of emphasis is placed on listening and speaking skills and pupils are given the opportunity to learn vocabulary and structures through games, rhymes, chant and song.
The French scheme of work reinforces work covered in other curriculum areas such as mathematics, PE, music and ICT as well as developing specific language learning skills.